The Falcon 9 rocket, which launched from Vandenberg Air Force Base on Saturday, is expected to reach an altitude of 3,100 metres before touching down at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station on Sunday.
Falcon 9’s first stage landed safely at Cape on Sunday after successfully delivering a Dragon capsule and the first stage of the company’s new Falcon Heavy rocket, the company said.
Falco 9 rocket landing video: Falcon 9’s maiden flightFalcon Heavy is the new rocket powered by the Falcon Heavy engine developed by Boeing, with a mass of over 7,000 tonnes.
The first stage is expected on Sunday to reach a height of 1,600 metres before being destroyed in a collision with a drone aircraft, the agency said.
This comes after a successful test flight last week, which sent the first unmanned Dragon capsule into orbit.
The unmanned capsule is scheduled to land on the ground at Cape at 8.45am local time (4.45pm GMT).