Space X promised to make history and it did

Phillip Butler
April 3, 2017

And the jaw-dropping news did not stop there. He also confirmed discounted prices at the launch's press conference: "It will certainly be less than the current price of our rockets and will be far lower than any other rocket in the world".

The fairing, Musk said, was outfitted with thrusters and parachutes, which guided it to an ocean landing after it deployed the satellite. "I always said, 'We're not.'" he told reporters after Thursday's launch.

71 engines, mostly used to power the second and third stages of the Proton rocket, require complete overhauls to remove defects.

SpaceX will try to land its Falcon Heavy cores, too.

Typically, rockets drop their boosters once they've spent their fuel, and the launch yesterday marks the first time a booster rocket has been reused-an achievement that could make space travel much less costly. The first stage landed on an ocean platform nearly a year ago after a launch for NASA. He called it an "incredible milestone in the history of space" and predicted, "this is going to be a huge revolution in spaceflight".

"DARPA facilitated the first SpaceX launch, and now commercial space is coming into its own".


SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket lifts off from space launch complex 39A at Kennedy Space Center, Florida on March 30, 2017, with an SES communications satellite. It was a flight many had thought to be impossible. And it also goes down if the objective is to reuse the rocket. For future launches, Musk hopes to create a bouncy cushion that the nose cone can fall into, so that nothing is damaged in the landing.

And reused rockets will be a part of the maiden launch of SpaceX's long-awaited Falcon Heavy, a supersized rocket that's essentially three Falcon 9 rockets strapped together.

Benjamin Reed, SpaceX director of commercial crew mission management, said in October the company is also proposing to re-fly Dragon spacecraft for SpaceX's 11th through 20th cargo delivery missions to ISS under the CRS program.

Musk now says the first test of that rocket is scheduled for late summer.

"Considering trying to bring upper stage back on Falcon Heavy demo flight for full reusability", Musk wrote Friday on Twitter.

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