SpaceX 5 To Launch Friday

SpaceX 5 To Launch Friday

SpaceX launched their first International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission back in 2012. Since then the company launched a second mission in March of 2013 and a third mission in April of this year. SpaceX 4 was successfully completed in September and the company plans to launch SpaceX 5 on Friday of this week. Like the previous missions, this one will carry cargo and supplies to ISS. This is one is unique though because SpaceX will also use it as a test of their reusable rocket technology.

Once the spacecraft is pushed out of Earth’s atmosphere, the Falcon 9 rocket will return to Earth and attempt to land on a floating landing pad in the Pacific Ocean (shown above). This is a nearly impossible task. Previous attempts at this have been no more accurate than a 10 km radius. To hit the floating platform, SpaceX will have to achieve an accuracy of approximately 10 m. If this works, they will make history and change space travel forever.

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