Private space contractor SpaceX for the second time successfully landed a reusable rocket on solid ground after a cargo delivery launch to the International Space Station (ISS) early Monday.
The Falcon 9 rocket carried the Dragon cargo ship with nearly 5,000 pounds of food, equipment and science experiments for the crew on the ISS. It is expected to arrive at the space station on Wednesday.
After inspecting the rocket, SpaceX said the Falcon 9 rocket was ready to fly again.
While the cargo has yet to be delivered, SpaceX already considers the mission something of a success as it has again demonstrated that rockets are reusable.
"The whole goal is to lower the cost of space travel,” Hans Koenigsmann of SpaceX told a local Florida broadcast after the launch.
The current mission was delayed by nearly six months after another Falcon 9 rocket exploded upon lift-off.
SpaceX, founded in 2002, is the first private company to complete commercial space missions. It has made over 30 successful launches to date, and seeks to be the first to offer passenger flights into space.