SpaceX Reuses a Falcon 9 Rocket – A First in Rocket History

Posted by at 9:25 am on March 31, 2017

SpaceX on Thursday successfully reused a rocket to launch a commercial communications satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

The Falcon 9 rocket lifted off at 6:27 p.m. ET from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral before settling on a droneship named “Of Course I Still Love You” in the Atlantic Ocean about 10 minutes later.

Falcon 9 is a two-stage rocket designed and manufactured by SpaceX for the reliable and safe transport of satellites and the Dragon spacecraft into orbit. It was previously used for the CRS-8 mission in April 2016.

The flight is historic because rockets are not typically reused; they splash into the ocean. Having a reusable rocket means saving time and money on every launch.

 

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