SpaceX hails 'revolution' after recycled rocket launch

Adjust Comment Print

The landing marked the ninth successful touchdown of a first stage rocket for SpaceX - six on ocean platforms, or drone ships, and three on land. Last month, Musk announced that two private ctiizies paid a "significant deposit" to fly around the moon late next year using the Falcon Heavy.

The latest SpaceX mission will deliver the commercial SES-10 satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit.

SpaceX launched its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.

But after the first stage completed its work and descended to a landing on an ocean platform, Elon Musk said he was rendered almost speechless.

It took Space Exploration Technologies Corp, as the California-based company is formally known, 15 years to demonstrate that a rocket typically discarded in the ocean after a single flight could be recovered and reused. SpaceX is working to bring down the turnaround time to just one day which will be much similar to how airlines operate in the modern era. Musk added that this could be eventually a huge revolution in spaceflight.

The Falcon 9 rocket, built by SpaceX, was first launched in April 2016, boosting 7,000 pounds of cargo to space for delivery to the International Space Station.

China to US: Be 'cool-headed' on North Korea
Washington wants China, the North's neighbor and main trading partner, to use its influence to rein in the weapons program. He said he would work with China to "bring North Korea to a different place where we are hopeful we can begin a dialogue".

SpaceX will also eventually try to launch its recycled rockets more quickly.

Elon Musk, founder and CEO of SpaceX, said the launch works to establish the capacity for reflight of orbit-class boosters in efforts to reduce costs for future missions.

Perhaps more important to Musk's visionary reputation, the same techniques will likely make portions of the planned Falcon Heavy rocket recoverable, increasing the feasibility of Musk's planned colonization of Mars.

However, he dismissed "naysayers" this week and stressed the historic nature of the launch on what he has described as a "flight-proven" rocket.

Since the successful landing of a rocket's first stage in April of 2016, SpaceX engineers have spent the previous year going over the craft, cleaning it and prepping it for another voyage.

The relaunch testing is also a step toward achieving Musk's larger goal of inhabiting Mars.

Comments