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SpaceX jubilant at success of re-usable rocket

SpaceX jubilant at success of re-usable rocket
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A rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Monday and landed again ten minutes later – the first time such a feat has been achieved. The

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A rocket took off from Cape Canaveral in Florida on Monday and landed again ten minutes later – the first time such a feat has been achieved.

The 23-story high Falcon 9, made by US company SpaceX, deployed 11 satellites into orbit before the re-usable main-stage booster turned round and landed around 9km from the original launch site.

The landing marks a huge accomplishment for the company after the explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket in June as it carried the Dragon capsule to the International Space Station.

SpaceX employees were jubilant watching the booster return to earth.

There and back again pic.twitter.com/Ll7wg2hL1G

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2015

It’s a major boost for the privately owned company founded by high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk

He says that rockets that can return will slash operational costs in the highly competitive private space launch industry.

In a celebratory tweet Musk wrote: “welcome back baby.”

11 satellites deployed to target orbit and Falcon has landed back at Cape Canaveral. Headed to LZ-1. Welcome back, baby!

— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 22, 2015

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