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Dec 09 2014

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SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9 first stage on floating platform on 16 Dec

Somewhere down range in the Atlantic.

Musk estimated a 50 percent chance of success for the platform landing on the first attempt, but said the odds would improve on subsequent missions.

“There are a lot of launches that will occur over the next year,” Musk said at the conference, which was called “AeroAstro at 100” and celebrated 100 years of MIT aerospace research. “I think it’s quite likely that [on] one of those flights, we’ll be able to land and refly, so I think we’re quite close.”

If they can pull this off, it will obviously be a game changer. I wonder how much refit will be required to reuse the rocket again?

Might just have to live-blog this…

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