SpaceX aims for historic rocket launch with reused booster

Posted March 30, 2017

The payload will be SES-10, a communications satellite that will deliver broadcasting and broadband service to Mexico, the Caribbean, and South America.

SpaceX performed a successful static fire test of the Falcon 9 engines on Monday, and right now, takeoff of SES-10 is scheduled for 6PM ET on Thursday from Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

SpaceX is poised to make history this week by reflying a rocket booster that launched a payload into space previous year before landing on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

After some minor repairs, the rocket is now set to be reused, as scientists, space enthusiasts as well as SpaceX's own research and development team pay close attention to the launch. "This is a hugely exciting part of the mission for SES, SpaceX and the industry, in general".

The rocket originally flew in April 2016 before landing successfully on an unmanned drone ship bobbing in the Atlantic Ocean. This isn't just a regular launch for Elon Musk and the gang.

A successful launch and recovery of a used rocket will serve as a proof of concept for SpaceX's plans to reuse rockets as a way to save on spaceflight costs.

SpaceX's landing platform is on the way to the landing zone a few hundred miles east of Cape Canaveral to receive the Falcon 9 first stage, which will again attempt a landing at sea after completing its two-and-a-half minute firing to push SES 10 toward space.

The launch window is 6 8:30 p.m. EDT. This was the first time SpaceX used Launch Complex 39A since leasing it from NASA in 2014.

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SpaceX is about to make history, once again! 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.

A Falcon 9 rocket will be re-launched to space.

"We could open the space frontier", says Braun, who added that reusing the entire rocket would mean even greater cost savings. "I think the whole industry is looking".

However, the company also experienced a major setback in the months since this rocket landed back on Earth, which delayed its launch schedule.

SpaceX carried out its obligatory "hot test" firing of the rocket's engines on the afternoon of March 27th with a full-power testing of the rocket's nine Merlin engines to a massive 1.7 million pounds of thrust while heavy-duty clamps kept the rocket fixed to the ground.

"This is a really really exciting step forward", Halliwell said.

Elon Musk is optimistic about rocket reusability, saying that most components could be used more than 100 times, and the parts that take the brunt of the damage on reentry, such as heat shields, could be used for around 10 to 15 launches. SpaceX has so far returned seven boosters to Earth, but has yet to reuse any of them in a subsequent mission.