US space agency NASA retweeted a posting from Space, writing: “Congratulations @SpaceX on your successful vertical landing of the first stage back on Earth!” It also follows two failed attempts from SpaceX to land a rocket in this way. But the rockets weren’t created to survive in the water, so only lasted about 7 seconds after landing, according to the company’s website.
The smooth mission gives a major boost to privately owned Space Exploration Technologies, orSpaceX, the California-based company founded and operated by high-tech entrepreneur Elon Musk.
The upgraded, 23-storey-tall rocket took off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
But SpaceX’s Falcon rocket reached higher heights than Blue Origin’s November test flight. Orbcomm said in a press release that the satellites were launched successfully into orbit.