SpaceX successfully re-launches ‘used’ rocket

SpaceX successfully re-launches ‘used’ rocket

Elon Musk-led SpaceX made history by successfully re-flying one of used Falcon 9 rockets from Florida's Kennedy Space Center on Thursday.

Carrying a communications satellite, the Falcon 9 rocket lifted-off at around 18:27 EDT yesterday, marking a vital milestone for the company in its quest for rocket re-usability.

Traditionally, rockets are discarded and destroyed after being launched. But, SpaceX has become adept in securely landing its rockets back on Earth after launching them into space. Reusable rockets will play a key role in deep space and Mars missions in the future by trimming down costs.

Mr. Musk said in a statement, “I think it's an amazing day for space. It means you can fly and re-fly an orbit class booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket. This is going to be, hopefully, a huge revolution in spaceflight.”

Yesterday’s mission was the first time when a used rocket was successfully re-launched. SpaceX has recovered multiple rockets from its pas space missions. Many more landed boosters will be used during future missions.



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