SpaceX’s Falcon 9 has successfully landed on Of Course I Still Love You, on the Florida coast, achieving a great milestone in space history and becoming the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket!
CEO, Elon Musk tweeted in celebration: ”Incredibly proud of the SpaceX team for achieving this milestone in space! Next goal is reflight within 24 hours.”
Aside from its tremendous accomplishments with NASA, the company has been working tirelessly to recycle its rockets.
According to Phil Larson, a former space policy adviser to President Barack Obama who worked for SpaceX, “This is a Wright Brothers moment for space. It’s as important as the first plane taking off and landing and taking off again.”
The private company has previously tweeted on March 27, ‘’Static fire test complete. Targeting Thursday, March 30 for Falcon 9 launch of SES-10.’’ The rocket will launch from Kennedy Space Center’s Launch Complex 39A carrying the SES-10 communications satellite for SES. The new satellite will replace two older ones and provide coverage over Latin America.
According to ClickOrlando, SpaceX does not refer to the Falcon 9 boosters for its missions as “used,” but prefers to call them “flight-proven.”
The mission was originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 29, 2017, but was postponed in response to a statement from the U.S. Air Force weather officials forecasting better launching conditions by 70% on Thursday.
SpaceX has been able to prove their rockets are reusable and the company made significant milestones in the spacecraft industry, such as granting a contract with NASA to launch to the International Space Station to deliver cargo and eventually carry crew members to space.
Notably, the innovative company has succeeded in reducing the cost of reach to the International Space Station by 90%, bringing it down from $1 billion per single mission to just $60 million.