The lower level of the Falcon 9 successfully sat on an offshore platform
Created: August 15, 2016
SpaceX company on Sunday, August 14 launched the Falcon 9 launch vehicle with telecommunications satellite JCSAT 16 with base US Air Force, located near the launch site at Cape Canaveral (Florida, USA). The broadcast was carried out on the company's website.
Managed bottom step descent Falcon 9 on an offshore platform in the Atlantic Ocean has passed normally. This information in his microblog on Twitter has confirmed the head of SpaceX Elon Musk.
Following the withdrawal of the calculated orbit JCSAT 16 will perform the backup transmitter function for the remaining 16 communications satellites of this company.
SpaceX has previously held several successful landings of the first stage of the Falcon 9 on an offshore platform, as well as one to the launch site from which start has been made. The company believes that the re-use of missiles element will reduce the cost of commercial launches in the future.
In April, SpaceX founder Elon Musk has reported that the company expects to use the first stage of the rocket Falcon 9 to 20 times.