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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