|archmage||Date: Saturday, 05-October-2013, 3:26 PM | Message # 1|
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|SpaceX unveils new, improved Falcon 9 v1.1 rocket |
Private rocket company SpaceX have unveiled the Falcon 9 v1.1, a larger, more powerful, simplified version of their Falcon 9 rocket. The new design is cheaper and more efficient, and the ship's first launch on September 29 was also the first time the company tried to save the first stage by reigniting the engines as it fell to Earth to cushion the impact. It's hoped the system will be fitted with prototype 'grasshopper' landing gear by early next year.