SpaceX refires returned Falcon 9R first stage in hold down static test

by | Jan 22, 2016 | Launches, Seradata News, SpaceX, Technology, test | 0 comments

The failure of SpaceX’s most recent Falcon 9R barge landing attempt has not deterred the firm. The SpaceX engineering team does at least have the completely successful Cape Canaveral land landing (excuse the alliteration) of its reusable rocket stage to be proud of. That 21 December 2015 launch and landing also succeeded in its main aim: to deliver its customer’s payload of nine Orbcomm communications satellites to the correct orbit. However, SpaceX also realises that to make the economics of reusability work requires the rocket to have a quick turnaround, with very little refurbishment. To that end, the successfully landed rocket stage was recovered from landing zone LZ-1. It and its engines were then test-fired at the LC-39A launch pad on 15 January 2016, within a month of its landing. While the test went well overall, Elon Musk, the firm’s leader and chief technical officer, noted that Engine No 9 had some thrust fluctuations. The firm does not plan to fly this stage again but will reuse stages recovered in the same way in future.


About Seradata

Seradata produce the renowned Seradata database. Trusted by over 100 of the world’s leading Space organisations, Seradata is a fully queryable database used for market analysis, failure/risk assessment, spectrum analysis and space situational awareness (SSA).

For more information go to

Related Articles




nasaspacexecoreviewsissesaArianespacevideochina25virgin galacticFalcon 9v1.2FT Block 5falcon 9ULARoscosmosevaDGAspacewalkaviation weekaressoyuzIGTInternational Space StationBeidouawardsspaceRocket LabStarlinkBlue OriginSatellite broadcastingrussiamoonISROAirbus DSCargo Return VehicleboeingmarsblogresearchOneWebspaceshiptwoorionjaxaimpacthyperboladelaymarsEutelsatdemocratrocketlunarhypertextobamagoogle lunar prizelaunchVegabarack obamaconstellationSEStourismnorthfiguresthales alenia spacespaceflightnode 2fundedRaymond LygoIntelsat2009Lockheed MartinExpress MD-2Elon MuskAtlas Vromess2dassault aviationaviationLucy2008wk2sstlukradiomissilesuborbitaldocking portexplorationAriane 5 ECAVirgin OrbittestinternetChina Manned Space EngineeringAriane 5Northrop GrummanSLSLong March 2D/2sts-122Electron2010space tourismflightcotsnewspapermissile defensegalileospaceportExpress AMU 1Long March 4Cbuildspace stationaltairinternational astronautical congresssoyuz 2-1ashuttleProton MEuropean Space AgencyLauncherOneCosmosIntelsat 23scaled compositesrulesspace shuttlenew yorkhanleybudgetatvVietnamshenzhouAriane 6congressMojaveboldenLong March 2COrbital ATKnew shepardInmarsatGuiana Space Centeriaccneslunar landerksclawsSpace Systems/LoralUK Space AgencyLong March 4BILSUS Air ForceprotonTalulah RileyApollodarpaFalcon 9v1.2 Block 5Kuaizhou 1AVega CSkylonAstriumeupicturebaseusaastronautdragonlanderfiveeventTelesatNorth KoreaSSLElectron KSAprilSNC50thinterviewfalconSea LaunchLong MarchWednesdaycustomerlinkatlantissuccessor