SpaceX private aerospace company for the first time managed to return the first stage of the Falcon 9 Block 5 heavy rocket that was already flying to an earth platform located at the Vandenberg military space center in California. The event happened 8 minutes after take-off. Falcon has landed pic.twitter.com/joqphUs1AO – Elon Musk (@elonmusk) October 8, 2018. Up to this point, SpaceX managed to land successfully the completed steps many times, but unmanned ones were always used to land them. water barges or a spaceport at Cape Canaveral in Florida (east coast). However, returning to earth platforms is more cost-effective for the company, since there are no additional costs and risks when transporting steps to launch pads. In the future, SpaceX wants to completely switch to such landings.