SpaceX makes history after landing used Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX achieved a space industry first in December 2015 when its Falcon 9 rocket booster successfully landed upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida, after launching 11 small satellites into orbit.

SpaceX has said reusing rockets could lower launch costs by 30 per cent of the US$62 million starting price the company now charges, which is already a discount over competitors' prices. SpaceX will attempt to recapture the first rocket stage a second time on a barge, the "Of Course I Still Love You", floating in the Atlantic Ocean. He said that this project made it clear that "you can fly and refly and orbital class booster", which, as he describes, is the most expensive rocket part. The aerospace company founded by Elon Musk said it was the "world's first reflight of an orbital class rocket". "This is going to be ultimately a huge revolution in spaceflight".

"It's been 15 years to get to this point".

SpaceX granted SES insight into the entire process of getting the booster ready to fly again, Halliwell said, providing confidence everything would go well.

SES received a discount for SpaceX's use of a recycled rocket booster for the launch of its communications satellite, but did not specify how much.

According to SpaceX, a "rapidly reusable space launch vehicle" could reduce the cost of traveling to space by a hundredfold in the future. By reusing the first stage SpaceX can offset a portion of the cost of building a rocket and jetting satellites into orbit.

Musk's vision of recycling rockets to lower the cost of access to space crossed a threshold yesterday, but did his client see a monetary benefit as promised?

It was then refurbished and tested, before being integrated into another Falcon 9 rocket which completed a successful launch today.

As we reported yesterday, SpaceX had a planned launch today that would involve sending off a recycled rocket, something that would be a game-changer for the company if successful.

Thursday's mission, which will be live streamed, will deliver a commercial communications satellite, SES-10, to a geostationary transfer orbit. This satellite will provide internet, TV, and other services to people in Latin America.

  • Zachary Reyes