SpaceX successfully launched a reusable rocket, now hungry for more government contracts – SARAH GRAY FRIDAY, APR 25, 2014 10:22 PM UTC

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SpaceX successfully launched a reusable rocket, now hungry for more government contracts

On April 18, SpaceX and NASA successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft to resupply the International Space Station. The launch marked the third SpaceX launchwith NASA, and the first successful “soft landing” of its reusable rocket booster.

A “soft landing” refers to the rocket booster’s controlled descent to Earth — after touching the edges of our atmosphere. “We have sensors on each individual leg [of the rocket],” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said, according toTime. The rocket’s legs also have GPS units — together the data agrees that it landed softly. “If we recover it from the ocean it’ll probably take a couple of months to refurbish for flight,” Musk continued.

Recovery might be impossible or difficult, however, as the rocket landed during a storm, and Wired is reporting that it was lost to the sea. “We expect to get more and more precise…

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