Reusable rocket: not there yet
We all remember Elon Musk, CEO of SpaceX, saying that their goal is building a rocket - that can be used as a propulsion method - which can be refurbished and used multiple times. Today for each launch a new rocket is needed, which is partly why space travel is so expensive. The reusable rocket will not make space travel available for the average soccer mom, the cost of braking free from the Earth’s atmosphere are high, however it will lower the current costs quite dramatically.
After such feats as sending cargo to the ISS – International Space Station – in an unmanned cargo vessel, SpaceX tried to recover - not quite land - a part of the rocket. This was supposed to land on a platform in the middle of the sea, however this was not successful. Musk stated via Twitter the booster – part they were trying to recover – hit the landing platform too hard. Recovering and refurbishing parts of spacecrafts would reduce the costs dramatically.
He also declared that they didn’t get very good visual data from the landing however they can piece everything together form different other sources of data, like telemetry, to get a feel for what went wrong. Also this will not be the last effort and they will keep on trying until they succeed. SpaceX has helped in advancing space travel technology and they can be believed when they say the will sorted out. As they say, there might even be alternative methods of bringing a spacecraft or rocket back to Earth in good shape