SpaceX Successfully Reuses Rocket

KQED
By Geoff Brumfiel
March 31, 2017

The most expen­sive part of doing busi­ness in outer space is get­ting there. The pri­vate space flight com­pany SpaceX thinks it can change all that, and Thursday’s suc­cess­ful reuse of a rocket was a big test of its busi­ness model.

SpaceX launched a com­mu­ni­ca­tions satel­lite from the Kennedy Space Cen­ter in Florida using a rocket stage that had already been to space and back. SpaceX is bet­ting that this kind of recy­cling will lower its costs and rev­o­lu­tion­ize space flight.

The rocket landed ver­ti­cally on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean a few min­utes after the launch.

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