San Francisco: Elon Musk is planning a first test run late this summer with what his SpaceX bills as the most powerful rocket in the world, a step toward sending two paying tourists around the moon late next year. It was round two for this particular rocket, which already launched and landed during a mission in April of previous year. If you would recall, it was in December 2015 that SpaceX successfully launched a satellite into orbit before coming back to Earth and landing upright on a strip of landing pad in Cape Canaveral. Reusing the first stage booster saves about $46.5 million. Not only that they launched the rocket for the second time, but they managed to save its components upon landing. This fairing alone cost $6 million, so recovering this saves a good percentage of a $60 million launch.
SpaceX, Elon Musk's American aerospace manufacturer and space transport services company, won a significant victory in their efforts towards affordable space travel by launching their first ever recycled rocket.
The SES satellite provides communications worldwide. Many more landed boosters will be used during future missions.
SpaceX officials have said that reusing hardware could slash costs - with each Falcon 9 launch costing over $61 million - by about 30 percent. While Musk refused to tell the press what the mystery item was right after the 2010 launch, the Los Angeles Times reported it to be the cheese upon confirmation of SpaceX the next day. In September 2016, he gave a talk to the International Astronautical Congress called "Making Humans a Multiplanetary Species", in which he laid out his vision.
If the relaunch of the rockets are as successful as Mr Musk anticipates, they will in turn certainly bring the cost of putting satellites into orbits down substantially, which could potentially bring in countless benefits to mankind.
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Musk has made clear his near-term goal is is to drop the launch costs to 10% of the current costs, with a longer-term goal of dropping the launch price tag to 1%. This means a launch like SES-10 could cost $43 million instead of $62. "It's taken us a long time [with a] lot of hard steps along the way".
Kennedy was speaking to Americans, but it was all of humanity that watched raptly on July 20, 1969, as Neil Armstrong took humanity's first halting steps on a heavenly body other than Earth.
"Incredibly proud of SpaceX team for achieving this milestone in space!"
It's an import step for NASA as well, as it turns to private contractors to take payloads into space and to the global space station.