SpaceX makes history by launching and returning first reusable rocket

Geronimo Vena
Aprile 14, 2017

The company later perfected the recovery process, successfully landing multiple rockets on the barge at sea. Due to water on the rocket's lens and a momentary loss of the video feed, no images were immediately available of the historic landing. "This will be a huge revolution in spaceflight", Musk said. SpaceX has plans to launch up to 6 additional second-hand rockets later this year.

This morning (Friday), SpaceX reached an incredible technological breakthrough when it re-launched the Falcon 9 orbit-class booster from Cape Canaveral, Florida that had previously been sent into space and returned to earth.

"The final vehicle design spin that we are doing on Falcon 9, that we will be flying later this year, that should be capable of up to 10 or even more (launches)", she said.

The launch is particularly special since it could help usher in a new era of launches at a reduced price.

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. "It's really a great day not just for SpaceX but the space industry as a whole, and proving that something can be done that many said was impossible".

The website also cited an official at SES, the European company that owns the satellite, who emphasized that any risk from the previously-used rocket stage "has been blunted by months of inspections, refurbishment and engineering reviews".

Elon Musk's company has successfully landed 8 out of 13 rocket attempts since December 2015.

Company Chief Executive Elon Musk said in April, when this booster landed, that the Falcon 9 first-stage booster could potentially be reused for 10 to 20 missions. After launch, it was guided to a landing on the same droneship. Clearly, this rocket had to be the one.

But recapturing the rocket was a secondary concern for SpaceX.

When in space the SES-10 satellite will be one of the largest satellites providing connectivity to Latin America and will be used as part of the Simon Bolivar 2 satellite network.

SpaceX announced about 32 minutes after takeoff that the satellite had been successfully deployed.

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