Elon Musk: What the Successful SpaceX Rocket Landing Means

SpaceX’s historic Falcon 9 rocket ready to fire again

The final frontier might finally get more accessible sometime soon - in a huge accomplishment for spaceflight and Elon Musk's SpaceX, the Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched a payload of 11 satellites into orbit and, more importantly, returned its first stage rockets safely to Earth for reuse.

In July, Elon Musk, chief executive of Hawthorne-based SpaceX, said a preliminary investigation found that the explosion was caused by the failure of a two-foot long strut that held down a helium bottle in the rocket's second stage.

TIME reports that Monday's launch was the first flight for SpaceX after its rocket disintegrated just minutes after launch in June this year.

SpaceX is one of the several companies contracted by the USA space agency NASA to ferry supplies, and, eventually, astronauts to the International Space Station and low-Earth orbit.

Creating reusable rockets - is important for lowering the cost of space travel, which could make space tourism and a trip to Mars more feasible. The first-stage booster has nine engines and is meant to land shortly after liftoff for reuse.

USA company SpaceX has successfully landed an unmanned rocket upright, after sending 11 satellites into orbit.

The rocket finally launched at 8:29 p.m. Eastern time Monday.

"This was a first for us at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, and I can't even begin to describe the joy the team feels right now having been a part of this historic first-stage rocket landing", the top officer at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, Brig Gen Wayne Monteith, said in a statement.

The company's Falcon 9 rocket failed during a resupply mission to the ISS. As the second stage of the rocket separated, the first stage, also called the booster, made its way back to the launch pad. Monday's launch was the first since SpaceX redesigned and upgraded the powerful rocket. The rocket landed about 10 minutes after liftoff.

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