Sunday March 26, 2017

SpaceX Will Try to Prove Its Rockets Are Reusable with Second Launch

Reusability is a big part of the game when it comes to the future of space travel, as it would allow for a huge reduction in costs. While SpaceX has already managed to impress with their landing of a Falcon 9 rocket at sea, they will have to reap another win by successfully re-launching those same boosters next week. Unlike the space shuttle, which required time-consuming refurbishment or reconstruction between flights, the goal here is rapid and complete reusability.

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All those cool rocket landings SpaceX has pulled off over the past year or so? They’ll amount to little more than expensive stunts unless the company shows that those recovered Falcon 9 boosters can be re-launched again. And again. And again. SpaceX’s highly anticipated first opportunity to prove that its rockets can be reused is expected next week, with the planned 4:59 p.m. Wednesday launch from Kennedy Space Center of a commercial communications satellite on what's being called a "flight proven" booster.