SpaceX Just Made its Fastest Successful Rocket Landing on a Drone Ship

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Overnight, SpaceX attempted to make its most audacious rocket landing yet on its drone ship. Amazingly, it succeeded.

Last month, SpaceX managed to land a Falcon 9 rocket on the drone ship called Of Course I Still Love You after a resupply mission to the ISS. But this time round the rocket was set for a geostationary transfer orbit, which would expose it to higher velocities and greater re-entry heating on its way back down. SpaceX had admitted that it was “unlikely” that the landing would be a repeat success — then it went ahead and nailed it anyway.

SpaceX Just Made Its Fastest Successful Rocket Landing on a Drone Ship

So far we only have SpaceX’s tweet of a grainy on-ship photo (above) for proof, but no doubt video footage will soon follow. The rocket was carrying a JCSAT-14 communications satellite into space, which was successfully deployed by the Falcon 9 rocket.

The successful landing from a faster re-entry is another milestone for SpaceX, which aims to land and re-use as many of its rockets as possible. Clearly, it’s getting quite good at it.