SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk says the Falcon 9 rocket that was fired into space and then returned in a dramatic upright landing, is ready to fly again.
SpaceX made history on December 21 when its Falcon 9 rocket was undamaged during its launch and subsequent return.
“Falcon 9 back in the hangar at Cape Canaveral.” Musk said on Instagram. “No damage found, ready to fire again.”
The Falcon 9’s flight was a remarkable technical breakthrough. After the rocket’s second stage engines ignited, the booster stage engines detached and a series of fuel burns helped position the rocket for a gentle, upright landing.
By landing the Falcon 9 rocket in an upright position, SpaceX can cut the cost of space travel significantly.
Rockets in the past were destroyed during re-entry, forces engineers to build a new rocket for every single flight.
Space X has said it will carry out tests on the returned rocket to test its condition.