Published: Thu, April 13, 2017
Markets | By Erika Turner

SpaceX Makes History By Successfuly Flying And Landing Used Rocket

SpaceX Makes History By Successfuly Flying And Landing Used Rocket

The reusable main-stage booster from the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket makes a successful landing on a platform in the Atlantic Ocean about 185 miles (300 km) off the coast of Florida April 8, 2016 in this handout photo provided by SpaceX.

Its tall, columnar portion known as the first stage, or booster, had already propelled the unmanned Dragon cargo ship to space in April 2016. The booster landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, floating down range from the Kennedy Space Centre in the Atlantic Ocean.

Musk said the booster that flew Thursday underwent extensive refurbishment prior to launching again, and that it will be donated to NASA to put on display at Cape Canaveral.

Located on top of the Falcon 9, which boasts a novel upper stage and payload fairing, is the 11,645-pound SES-10 communication satellite. He said that this project made it clear that "you can fly and refly and orbital class booster", which, as he describes, is the most expensive rocket part.

It also marked the first time a single rocket booster had ever been launched - and landed - twice.

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The satellite aims to expand television, internet and mobile connections across Latin America. "I'm still at a loss for words, but it's really a great day not just for SpaceX and the space industry as a whole and proving that something can be done that many people said was impossible". The Falcon 9 rocket will deliver a spacecraft into orbit and took off from the launchpad at 6.27 p.m. EDT.

"The potential is there for [an] over 100-fold reduction in the cost of access to space", Musk said. SpaceX said its reusable Falcon 9 boosters cut the cost by about 30 percent.

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. Traditionally rockets will lose the majority of their parts during launches, but Musk's company hopes to increase the ability of rockets to be recycled.

SES confirmed that the launch had successfully deployed its satellite, and congratulated SpaceX on sticking the landing of the rocket. "We were waving our hands to be the first", Payer previously told Business Insider.

Musk was elated by the rocket booster's landing at the center of a droneship. "Right in the bullseye".

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