Published: Fri, March 31, 2017
Technology | By Tonya May

SpaceX set to launch its first recycled rocket


For the first time, the company plans to try a launch of a refurbished rocket into space. Once the launch happens, the reused Falcon 9 first stage will attempt to land just like it did in April past year.

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.

Tune in around 6 p.m. EDT: While the SES-10 mission should go off at 6:27 p.m., SpaceX often begins its live broadcasts shortly before launch.

The booster was first launched on April 8, 2016, and was successfully recovered after it landed on a drone ship stationed out on the Atlantic Ocean.

The rocket that is being reused is the lower part of a Falcon 9 rocket that was sacked off on 8 April past year.

If Falcon 9 relaunches become routine, SpaceX estimates that could reduce the cost of a launch by 30 percent, which could shave almost $20 million off the already-low $62 million list price.

Falcon 9 rockets use 2 stage propulsion.

The rocket SpaceX will use Thursday first flew in an April 2016 mission to the International Space Station.

Elon Musk's SpaceX has seemingly mastered launching a rocket into space and safely landing it back on Earth, with multiple successful missions already completed.

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The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket marks the world's first reuse of a recovered orbital class rocket, according to SpaceX.

SpaceX has successfully landed eight of its rockets - five at sea and three on land - in an attempt to cut launch costs.

SES-10 is the first satellite designed by SES, which is based in Luxembourg, to be intended specifically to serve Latin America.

An ordinary sunny afternoon at Kennedy Space Center today set the stage for a possible historic launch scheduled tonight.

"This launch is really what we need to see more of in order to bend the cost curve of getting hardware out of Earth's gravity well, and indeed signals a bolder, brighter future in space for all of us", Phil Larson, a former communications employee at SpaceX who is now an assistant dean at the University of Colorado at Boulder, said via email.

The company plans to land the rocket on a barge again, opening up the possibility of the first third launch as well.

A webcast of the countdown, launch and potential booster re-landing will be streamed via SpaceX's website.

This launch isn't just important for SpaceX, though.

On Thursday, SpaceX will attempt something it has never tried before.

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