SpaceX Is Launching A Recycled Rocket

SpaceX is set to launch a recycled Falcon 9 rocket Thursday afternoon, marking the first time a rocket used once to put a spacecraft into orbit has been landed, refurbished and put on the launch pad to be used again.

Reusing boosters could give SpaceX' customers a 30 percent discount on a Falcon 9 rocket launch.

SpaceX designed the Falcon 9 rockets to be reusable, and most of the money spent on the multimillion rockets goes to the first-stage booster. Elon Musk's commercial space flight company has been mastering the art of landing rockets on solid ground and on drone ships in order to execute its dream of reusing rockets to lessen the cost of space flights. If the Thursday launch is successful then this will be fisrt ever orbital mission with a used rocket.

The launch from the Kennedy Space Center in the USA state of Florida will be the first with a reused Falcon 9 booster stage that was recovered from a previous flight, media reported.

SpaceX is also working on a much larger launch system dubbed Falcon Heavy. After liftoff, the rocket booster landed safely a droneship in the Atlantic Ocean. Elon Musk originally wanted to refly the booster last June, but that was delayed, and a September pad explosion pushed things back even further.

Being able to re-use the rocket booster rather than having to make new ones from scratch could have an enormous impact on the cost of successive launches.


After every launch, SpaceX attempts to save only the first stage of its vehicles, such as the 14-story-tall main body of Falcon 9, which contains the primary engines and most of the fuel. The two-and-a-half hour launch window opens at 6:00 p.m. This is the first time that SpaceX will attempt to reuse one of its rockets.

SpaceX has a lot to lose in this mission, this launch will prove that Falcon 9 rockets truly are reusable. Also, reusable rockets will shave off a significant financial part of future space missions, making rockets to be used as airplanes.

However, it helped us appreciate how hard SpaceX engineers must have worked to get it right.

Using a rocket for a second time, scientists said, would mark a watershed moment for space exploration. The company lists a regular commercial Falcon 9 flight at $62 million. "I think the whole industry is looking". Forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of acceptable weather. Satellites bound for low-Earth orbit do not typically require as much launch power and the booster has enough propellant left over to fly back to a powered touchdown on land.

"It certainly would be a step back for them, but I don't know if it necessarily means that they would be finished with that goal", Ostrove said. The rocket successfully managed to return and land, whilst the Dragon Capsule it was carrying returned to Earth last week after being loaded up with data and equipment from the astronauts on board the ISS.

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