It’s the kind of launch that NASA engineers like to watch on YouTube.
The Space X Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, for a launch attempt.
On its way down, it takes off vertically into the stratosphere and lands at a height of about 5,000 feet.
The rocket is loaded with about 200 metric tons of cargo and crew.
That’s a little over half the weight of a Boeing 747-400 commercial jet.
But it’s not a very big payload, and NASA says the rocket’s payload is just 1,200 pounds.
That puts the payload on a par with a NASA cargo spacecraft.
But this is the Space X launch.
SpaceX has designed the rocket so that the Falcon 9 could fly with just three crew members onboard at a time.
That makes it a good candidate for landing on a rocket pad.
But what about an airplane?
The rocket has a landing gear, and the engine burns the fuel it uses to send the rocket down.
This means that the rocket is in a perfect position to land on an airplane.
But NASA is not allowed to use the rocket to launch an airplane into space, so the rocket will be used for another purpose: to test an engine that is being developed to send people to the International Space Station.
“The vehicle is designed to be able to take off vertically and land on a runway, so we can do this for an airplane,” NASA spokesman Jason Ford said.
This test vehicle is called the Autonomous Flight Test Vehicle (AFTV) and is used for the testing of rocket engines that are being developed by SpaceX.
AFRV is a joint project between SpaceX and NASA.
The AFTV is an actual rocket booster, like the one that SpaceX uses to launch commercial satellites into orbit.
But unlike the rocket itself, the AFTVs fuel tanks and propellant tanks are on the ground.
“It’s a fully functioning, fully autonomous test vehicle that’s essentially the vehicle that is going to go out into space,” Ford said of the AFV.
The SpaceX AFTV also carries two test cameras that can record videos of the rocket rocket’s descent and touchdown.
NASA wants the test to be the first of many tests to demonstrate the Falcon rocket’s ability to be operated by humans in space.
“This is a test that we’re going to be putting people to Mars and it’s going to show us if the rocket engine can be successfully operated on Mars,” Ford told the Associated Press.
The flight of the Falcon rockets, and of the test vehicles themselves, is just one of the ways NASA is developing the future of space exploration.
In June, NASA announced a plan to send astronauts to Mars by the 2030s.
But that program has been plagued by problems, and some scientists say it will take years for the Mars program to be ready.
NASA has also been working on a test flight of an unmanned spacecraft called the ExoMars rover.
NASA’s robotic mission, called the Mars 2020 rover, is expected to take samples and examine the environment on the Red Planet.
But if NASA gets its way, it will have to use a rocket to send humans to Mars.
“If we get a rocket that’s able to launch and land safely and is fully autonomous, we’re really looking forward to doing that,” said Adam Houghton, the former NASA deputy administrator for human spaceflight, at a conference in July.