SpaceX, NASA Hail 1st Falcon 9 Rocket Launch from Pad Steeped in History
Feb 21, 2017 09:40 AM EST
SpaceX has successfully launched a rocket and has had it land just as successfully a few days ago. The launch pad used is responsible for some major astronomical achievements.
When SpaceX was first released it was seen as a very ambitious company, setting up projects that wanted to launch as early as 2018. Though they have seen their fair share of setbacks and delays from their projects, it has not stopped them from achieving some worthwhile accomplishments despite being fairly new to the public. What's even more impressive is that recently they had launched their first Falcon 9 Rocket with the rocket landing perfectly on the same launch pad that has some of the more accomplished astronomical achievements that NASA has ever seen.
Space.com states that the launch was done from NASA's historic Launch Complex 39A. This launch had let to a lot of satisfaction from all sides that were involved, with a perfect landing being made right after NASA hailed the first Falcon 9 Rocket Launch. The launch pad is steeped in history, being the very same launch pad that was not only used for a great deal of shuttle missions but also most of the Apollo missions which were a some of the very first and most memorable steps into space.
Reuters claims SpaceX has modernized the pad under a 20-year lease coming from NASA, spending millions on remodeling the pad so that it may have a chance at being reusable. The pad's final space shuttle launch was done in 2011, and many people who had worked with the launch pad during its prime were very excited to see it come back to life at this day and age. SpaceX is planning to reuse the rockets in order to cut down on costs and reduce pricing.
Despite their ambitious nature, it is clear that SpaceX's first Falcon 9 Rocket launch hailed by NASA with the use of a lunch pad steeped in history has shown that they still hold fast to their vision. Stay tuned for more news and updates!