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SpaceX triumph as it lands rocket on ocean platform for second time

SpaceX has completed another first by landing a rocket on an ocean platform after successfully launching a satellite into orbit.

It’s the second time in as many months that SpaceX has landed one of its Falcon rockets on a barge in the Atlantic.

It comes days after SpaceX shared a 360 degree video which allows viewers to watch the first successful landing.

It was filmed on April 8 after a space station supply run for Nasa. SpaceX wants to be able to reuse its Falcon rockets as early as this summer to save money and lower costs of space travel.

This time around the unmanned rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, in Florida, in the early hours of Friday, carrying a Japanese communications satellite into orbit.

After launch the first stage, the Falcon rocket, returns to Earth while the second stage continues on to put the satellite – JCSAT 14 – into orbit.

Even with recent past success the SpaceX team were not confident if they would achieve the Falcon landing.

SpaceX founder and chief executive Elon Musk told his 3.86 million Twitter followers before launch that the odds of the first stage landing successfully were “maybe even”.

After the Falcon landed he simply posted “Woohoo!!” followed by this tweet…

A live web broadcast showed the first-stage booster touching down vertically in the pre-dawn darkness atop a barge in the Atlantic, just off the Florida coast.

JCSAT-14 at launch
The launch of the SpaceX Falcon 9 with the Japanese payload (SpaceX/Flickr)

The webscast, which ran for more than an hour, can be viewed here.

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