SpaceX’s Falcon 9 and rocket landing

SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle is fueled up and ready to send a Dragon cargo capsule to the International Space StationĀ  and attempt a historic rocket landing early Tuesday.

A Falcon 9 rocket will lift the cargo into orbit, and for the first time, the company will try to land the rocket’s first stage on a floating platform.

SpaceX wants to pioneer a reusable rocket, a development that could change the economics of space travel.

“A fully and rapidly reusable rocket — which has never been done before — is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access,” SpaceX said in a news release.