SpaceX successfully reuses Falcon 9 first stage

After successfully launching a satellite toward geosynchronous orbit - 22,000 miles into space - the rocket then returned to Earth and landed on a remotely piloted platform, known as a droneship, in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX successfully launched a communications satellite for a telecom giant into orbit with a reused rocket booster Thursday. It was delivering a communications satellite that will provide TV services to Latin America into orbit. The launch marked the first time ever that a rocket was reused for spaceflight.

SpaceX made history again today with the second successful launch and powered landing of a Falcon 9 booster.

It was remarked that the Falcon 9 relaunched yesterday will be donated to the Cape Canaveral Spaceport for display, however future boosters will be expected to fly up to ten times with no refurbishment and about 100 times with moderate maintenance and reconditioning.

But Musk said his company has so far spent about $1 billion to develop reusability for the launch booster, the most expensive part of the rocket.

In addition to commercial customers, many of which are satellite companies, SpaceX launches rockets for USA government clients, including NASA.

SpaceX confirmed to CNNMoney in August that its client for this trip will get a discount on the Falcon 9 sticker price, but it declined to say by how much.

And Musk already has his eyes on the next prize.

"It's an awesome day for space as a whole, for the space industry". He tweeted shortly after the launch that the company's next goal is to get rockets ready for reflight within 24 hours.

It's the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk has tried to fly a salvaged booster. So if a rocket could simply be refueled like a jetliner for another flight, the cost of space travel could drop to a fraction of what it is now.

Following a launch, the rocket core is rigorously inspected and tested to ensure there is no damage.

When the mission was announced in August, Halliwell said the deal "illustrates the faith we have in (SpaceX's) technical and operational expertise".

Blue Origin, founded by Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, has also achieved rocket re-use.

It is also a key part of his plan to one day establish human colonies on Mars. Then it repeated the trick a bunch more times, including.

  • Carolyn Briggs