SpaceX to launch a used rocket next week

SpaceX to launch a used rocket next week

A Falcon 9 rocket is scheduled to take off from Cape Canaveral, Florida-based Kennedy Space Center Florida next week, marking the first time SpaceX will re-fly one of the rockets that it recovered from its past missions.

The 14-story-tall booster, which originally flew in April 2016, will carry a communications satellite into the orbit for Luxembourg-based SES SA.

Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to former U.S. President Barack Obama, said, “This is a Wright Brothers moment for space. It’s as important as the first plane taking off and landing and taking off again.”

The reusable rocket made its maiden launch in April 2016 and returned to Earth, landing successfully on a drone ship floating in the Atlantic Ocean.

Thus far, the company has recovered three rockets from land and five from sea. The first of those rockets is a big source of pride and it is now installed in front of the space firm’s Hawthorne, Calif.-based headquarters.

The planned launch of the used rocket will mark a big leap forward in SpaceX CEO Elon Musk’s 15-year-quest to drag down costs of space missions and eventually establish a human colony on Mars.


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