Over the weekend SpaceX successfully landed the first stage of a Falcon 9 rocket at Cape Canaveral. This followed the successful deployment of a Dragon cargo module to the International Space Station and marks the second time the company has landed one of its rockets on land (it’s fifth successful landing overall). This company has yet to reuse one of these rockets, but that may happen by the end of the year.
SpaceX is planning a test of its Falcon Heavy rocket later this year. While the first stage of the Falcon Heavy is the same as the first stage of three Falcon 9 rockets joined together, it probably won’t be reusing one of the previously launched rockets in its first test launch. But it will be trying to land three rockets, if not simultaneously, then pretty close to it.
Let that sink in. Star Trek’s getting closer every day. And I’m not just talking about the new film.