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During [today's] CRS-3 launch to station, SpaceX will attempt to recover Falcon 9’s first stage. This test is not a primary mission objective and has a low probability of success (30-40%), but we hope to gather as much data as possible to support future testing. After stage separation, when Dragon is well on its way to the ISS, the first stage will attempt to execute a reentry burn and then a landing burn over the Atlantic Ocean. Falcon 9 is carrying four landing legs, which will deploy partway into the landing burn. Eventually, SpaceX hopes to land the first stage on land. Though success is unlikely with this test, it represents an exciting effort toward someday developing a reusable rocket.
CRS-3 Update Today’s launch has been scrubbed due to a Helium leak on Falcon 9’s first stage. A fix will be implemented by the next launch opportunity on Friday April 18, though weather on that date isn’t ideal. Check back here for updates.
I'm guessing that it will use a parachute as well, just like the Soyuz. The landing burn is very brief:
Great idea, but how much more fuel does the rocket have to carry? Wouldn't a water landing using parachutes be cheaper?
The Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft are raised vertically for the CRS-3 mission to the space station.
Due to an unknown issue at this time, tonight's launch attempt of SpaceX's Falcon 9v1.1 rocket with the Dragon Spacecraft for the International Space Station has been scrubbed. The next possible launch attempt is Friday April 18th but SpaceX has yet to confirm they are targeting this date.