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    The successful landing of the first stage of the two-stage Falcon 9 rocket back on Earth may help to decrease spacecraft manufacturing costs, Russian space agency Roscosmos head Igor Komarov said Thursday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) Earlier this week, the US SpaceX aerospace manufacturer's Falcon 9 successfully landed upright about 6 miles from where it was launched at Cape Canaveral, Florida, after having propelled 11 satellites into Earth's orbit. This is the first time an orbital rocket has successfully completed a controlled landing on Earth.

    "We hope that what the US manufacturers are doing will lead to a decline in spacecraft manufacturing costs in the future," Komarov told reporters.

    According to the Roscosmos head, the Russian Federal Space Program 2016-2025 also includes projects aimed at developing returnable carrier rockets.

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