SpaceX has done it again. Launching from Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Friday morning, the company successfully landed part of its Falcon 9 rocket on a floating barge. A second part or “stage” continued into space, carrying a communications satellite.
“Now, SpaceX has both demonstrated that it can land the Falcon 9 at sea, and that the company can repeat the process,” The Verge reports.
It’s not just a stunt. SpaceX founder Elon Musk hopes to reuse rockets. After Friday’s success, Musk tweeted that he might need more room to store them.
The rocket was deploying a Japanese satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit — when it reaches its final position, the satellite will orbit in a way that “it hangs seemingly motionless above a point on Earth,” NASA says.
Here’s a video of the launch, webcast live by SpaceX.