"We believe reusable rockets will open up a new era of spaceflight, and make access to space more efficient in terms of cost and manifest management".
"But I would say, to the credit of SpaceX, we have had. tremendous transparency into the design of the vehicle, the design of the engines, the design of the avionics, the testing, everything".
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch Thursday from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A carrying the SES-10 communications satellite for SES. I expect I'll be live-tweeting it as well. It's time to relaunch one. This new endeavor might also be due to criticism Musk has received after announcing his plans to have SpaceX reuse rockets, which has never been done before. The company has successfully landed boosters eight times, but one can not be reflown - SpaceX declined to say why - and another is on display outside the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Almost one year ago, a Falcon 9 rocket shook the ground as it began a journey to send cargo to the six folks aboard the International Space Station.
The booster, scheduled to liftoff with SES-10, landed after launching supplies to the International Space Station in April on SpaceX's ocean barge named "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean. Anyway, much cheaper than sending a new rocket. That could reduce the company's average seven-month wait time for a launch after a satellite is ready.
The entire philosophy of SpaceX promotes the idea of reusability.
They have the chance to prove that thinking tomorrow.
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"Targeting Thursday, March 30 for Falcon 9 launch of SES-10".
Launching something into space is expensive partly because millions on a rocket just to ultimately throw it away.
The company's first attempts to land its rockets were often met with spectacular explosions, but SpaceX eventually landed eight rockets back on Earth since the end of 2015. The cost of a launch could then be driven down to about $40 million, representing more than 30 percent in savings. The first rocket that was recovered is a huge source of pride and is now installed in front of the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.
Los Angeles area rocket and spacecraft developer SpaceX is gearing up for what might be a historic first launch of a reused rocket stage, as it gets set to launch the SES-10 satellite into space. It will also cover Brazil and support offshore oil and gas exploration. Ideally, the turnaround time between launch and landing should be pretty brief, involving a quick checkout of the booster and refueling before its next launch.
For their part, Luxembourg-based SES is looking forward to being part of the first orbital launch with a used rocket.
SpaceX's plan is to launch the used booster attached to the rocket dozens of miles above the planet, and then the booster will separate from the rocket.
Space X is one of several companies involved in pioneering reusable rockets which, if successful, will make space flight much more affordable.