Damn, SpaceX, back at it with those rocket landings!
The SpaceX team has once again successfully landed a Falcon 9 rocket booster after launching the CRS-9 cargo resupply module for the International Space Station.
The payload includes equipment for animal research experiments, and an International Docking Adapter (IDA), which will be used to convert a shuttle port into one that can be used by future manned spacecraft.
Even though the launch team was happy with its successful delivery, they were even more happy after landing its Falcon 9 rocket booster at a land-based pad called Landing Zone 1 (LZ-1) in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
This is the second successful ground-based landing, bringing their total recovered boosters to five. They however generally aim for sea-based landings as it requires way less fuel during the launch stages, resulting in them having more wiggle room for a more controlled landing.
Ground landings generally are out of the question depending on how far their booster needs to get into space, especially for supersynchronous payload missions.
The Falcon 9 booster is seen (above photo) taking the Dragon spacecraft to the ISS (on the left) while the right depicts the booster returning to LZ-1 shortly after.
SpaceX plans to finally reuse one of its five recovered boosters some time later this year around September to October. There are no set dates yet, and they have not detailed what payload they expect to carry via the reused rocket, but it would be yet another milestone for the company if all things go well.