Reusing a rocket booster could save customers about 30% on a $62-million Falcon 9 rocket launch, Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX's COO, has said. The implications for commercial space travel, communications satellites, and astronomical research could truly make this technological feat one for the history books.
SpaceX confirmed to CNNMoney in August that its client for this trip will get a discount on the Falcon 9 sticker price, but it declined to say by how much.
The first stage being reflown originally took flight in April 2016 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station with supplies for the International Space Station. SpaceX has already made sure that the rocket is ready for reuse and they have given it a thumbs up.
The two-and-a-half hour window for Thursday's launch opens at 6:27 p.m.
You can watch SpaceX's coverage of the launch in the YouTube player at the top of this article. Today's test is the first step towards establishing that rhythm.
SpaceX looks to save time and money through recycling.
Therefore it was a successful try and landed eight-five on so-called "drone ships" floating in the ocean, and three on land.
The webcast tonight should begin about 20 minutes before the launch window opens, and we wouldn't miss it for anything. Companies could save even eighteen million dollars on a launch.
SES-10 is the first satellite designed by SES, which is based in Luxembourg, to be intended specifically to serve Latin America. The company needed to develop the hardware for landing-special grid fins and unfolding landing legs-and even more importantly, the software that gave the rocket-really, a robot-the ability to fly itself down.
Experts from this field believe this is revolutionary.
In a press kit for today's launch attempt, SpaceX described the flight as a "historic milestone on the road to full and rapid reusability". He wants to create a "self-sustaining civilization" on the Martian surface within the next century and reuse of such rockets will make it all the more affordable. "I don't expect SpaceX's Falcon line to have a reusable upper stage". The reason? It will be the first reflight of an orbital class rocket as SpaceX intends to reuse the Falcon 9 first stage, which was previously and successfully used for its CRS-8 mission carried out in April a year ago.