SpaceX’s Florida launch of a Falcon 9 for the space station has been rescheduled for Saturday before dawn at 4:47 a.m. Shortly thereafter the company will attempt to land the Falcon’s first stage on a barge in the Atlantic off Jacksonville.
“The first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket is expected to land on the barge within 10 minutes of liftoff. The second stage will continue to propel the Dragon capsule to orbit” and a cargo-delivering rendezvous with the space station.
Pretty cool if they can do it. If they can’t they’re determined to try again until they do. Eventually making such landings routine to make the first stages reusable to cut costs launching to orbit.
UPDATE: “Close but no cigar,” said Musk. He said the first stage found the barge on Saturday but landed too hard. The second stage with its cargo continued to the space station as planned.