SpaceX successfully launches recycled rocket
- Author: Tracy Ferguson Apr 02, 2017,
Apr 02, 2017, 0:22
The company's Falcon 9 rocket, recovered at sea from its maiden flight a year ago, on Thursday blasted off from the USA state of Florida, in the first successful launch of a recycled orbital-class booster. This is in keeping with the new 2017 timing, adjusted from late a year ago following delays resulting from SpaceX's pre-flight launch pad explosion of a Falcon 9 rocket last September.
Previously, Falcon 9's first stage previously launched successfully the CRS-8 mission in April 2016. This was a historic moment for spaceflight and an important milestone in space travel.
By reusing rockets, SpaceX aims to eventually cut its costs by about 30 percent, the company has said.
The goal of the entire effort, Musk has said, is to make rocket parts just as reusable as cars, planes or bicycles.
Mr. Musk said in a statement, "I think it's an wonderful day for space".
"This is going to be ultimately a huge revolution in space flight", Mr Musk said during a webcast from the launch control centre at Cape Canaveral after the Falcon 9's touchdown. With its successful launching, Elon Musk said that it means you can fly and refly an orbital class booster, which is the costliest part of the rocket. Business magnates, including Mr Musk and Amazon.com founder Jeff Bezos, are racing to turn rocket reusability - once derided as a insane idea - into a reality that will dramatically reduce costs.
"That was the cherry on the cake", Musk, who serves as chief executive and lead designer of Space Exploration Technologies, told reporters after launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
Musk said Thursday that such a thing is a "Hail Mary" attempt.
On Thursday, the rocket's second-stage, which is not recovered, continued firing to carry SES-10 into an initial egg-shaped orbit high above Earth, which it will provide television and other communications services to Latin America.