Elon Musk-led SpaceX recently pulled off another successful rocket landing as a Falcon 9 rocket flawlessly touched down at the company’s ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.
The Falcon 9 blasted off from the historic 39A launch pad at Kennedy Space Center at 9:39 A.M. ET on Sunday, carrying the Dragon cargo capsule for the International Space Stataion (ISS).
The first stage of the rocket returned and made a soft landing at the ground-based landing zone at Cape Canaveral, for the first time during the day.
The soft landing marked the third time that Musk’s space firm has landed its rocket on solid ground after launch, but the first successful ground landing during the daytime. Overall, the company has eight Falcon 9 landings in its possession.
The launch from the historic 39A launch pad, which was used by NASA to launch its Apollo missions to the Moon, was first attempt on Saturday but it was scrubbed 13 seconds before the planned liftoff because of an unexpected reading from the booster’s second stage engines.
The Dragon capsule, which is scheduled to be captured by the ISS’ robotic arm on Wednesday, is filled with nearly 5,500 pounds of supplies and science experiment equipment for the astronauts aboard the orbiting lab.