It was a historic event for SpaceX and its Falcon 9 rocket for its successful landing on a drone ship at sea –for the first time, after several failed attempts. It’s a notable milestone for SpaceX as it can land its rockets from both solid ground and at sea. If you can remember, the successful landing on solid ground was back on December when SpaceX’s Falcon 9 landed at Cape Canaveral, Florida after completing its mission of putting a satellite into space. Significantly, this could mean a greater cost saving for the company if they can successfully recover and re-use these 60-million-worth rockets —-which they can now land on both land and sea, as they’ve demonstrated.
SpaceX will conduct probably more drone ship landings at sea, as it’s more fuel efficient and less tricky than of the ground landing. The drone ship can adjust itself to catch the rocket thus, will result from lesser rocket maneuver and travel time which drastically can improve fuel efficiency —-a very crucial factor on its landing. Safety is also a concern from exploding rockets that can happen from a landing mishaps.
Watch the successful drone ship landing at sea: