SpaceX successfully launches and lands first recycled rocket
SpaceX has made history, launching a communications satellite from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida using a rocket stage that had already been to space and back.
This Falcon 9 rocket has now launched two things into space: supplies to the International Space Station and now a commercial communication’s satellite into orbit.
The most expensive part of doing business in outer space is getting there.SpaceX is betting that this kind of recycling will lower its costs and revolutionize space flight.
The rocket landed vertically on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean a few minutes after the launch.
“This is a huge day. My mind’s blown, frankly,” Musk said. He called it an “incredible milestone in the history of space” and predicted, “this is going to be a huge revolution in spaceflight.”
Musk foresees dozens if not hundreds of repeat flights for a booster and rocket turnarounds of as little as 24 hours, perhaps by next year. Land, refuel and then back up again, with everything leading to one day putting humanity “out there among the stars.”