Thursday's launch will ferry an SES-10 satellite into geostationary orbit to deliver direct-to-home broadcasting, broadband and mobile services in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America. SES has had a long relationship with SpaceX, and they were previously excited to announce, back in August, they'd be the first to launch aboard a reused rocket.
"If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like aeroplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred", Musk is quoted as saying on SpaceX's website.
The scheduled re-launch of the used Falcon 9 rocket will mark a leap forward in Elon Musk's fifteen-year-quest to trim down costs of space missions, eventually enabling establishment of a human colony on Mars.
SpaceX is now targeting 6 p.m. Thursday for its first re-launch of a used Falcon 9 rocket booster, a mission that aims to loft a commercial communications satellite to orbit from Kennedy Space Center.
This is the recovered Falcon 9 booster from CRS-8, which launched a Dragon cargo ship to the International Space Station on April 8, 2016. This is a massive milestone in SpaceX's reusable rocket program.
After every launch, SpaceX attempts to save only the first stage of its vehicles, such as the 14-story-tall main body of Falcon 9, which contains the primary engines and most of the fuel.
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The launch is now set for March 30, with a launch window opening at 6:27 PM EDT (3:27 PM PTD).
Shotwell said earlier this month that the company intends to fly up to six reused boosters this year. "When I got there, the airline wouldn't throw away that airplane and put me on a new one to bring me back a few days later", he says. This was the second successful landing for the space flight privateers, and the first to touch down on one of their ocean landing platforms.
Brazil will also use the satellite for off-shore oil and gas exploration, SES said. SpaceX is working on retrieving and reusing the Falcon 9 fairing, which comes in two clamshell-like halves, while the second stage will remain single-use for the foreseeable future. Right now, there's a 70% chance weather conditions will be in SpaceX's favor according to Patrick Air Force Base and the 45th Weather Squadron.
"It certainly would be a step back for them, but I don't know if it necessarily means that they would be finished with that goal", Ostrove said. "So in terms of the investment required, I would think it would be the most straightforward and the lowest investment".
That philosophy is why SpaceX rockets don't crash back to earth.
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.