Big Day for SpaceX, Launches Used Rocket into Space: SpaceX, the American aerospace manufacturer, and space transport services company are ready for its giant leap – to launch its Falcon 9 rocket on March 30, Thursday for Luxembourg-based communications satellite operator-SES.
The fact that tags the launch one of its kind is that the rocket SpaceX is using has already flown once before. SpaceX will be launching a payload into orbit which is for a commercial, paying customer during an active mission. The success of this mission on SpaceX could hopefully lend a life to all those rockets that are thrown away or discarded after its mission. Over the past 2 years, SpaceX has made thirteen attempts to recover the first stage of its Falcon 9 rockets, and so far 8 have been successful. It has constantly been testing them to determine the reusing possibility.The proposal was made early last year by SpaceX. But the company had to reschedule the launch because some other rocket(a new one) exploded spontaneously at Cape Canaveral in September.
Cost-cutting The huge hope:
This step of SpaceX will prove the viability of the business strategy and would have a noticeable impact on the overall direction of the private space industry. This concept of reusing will considerably reduce the cost of space launches by time. This would also stabilize the financial requirements behind SpaceX’s plan to get to Mars. SpaceX’s plan to hit Mars was unveiled by its CEO, Elon Musk and the company is working on it. This reusing can also undercut SpaceX’s competitors for commercial launches while still making money in the process. The financial deals were not disclosed by either of the companies, but SpaceX and its customer SES confirmed to CNNMoney in August that SES will get a discount on the $62 million sticker price of a launch because SpaceX is reusing an old rocket.
SpaceX is hoping to OUTsmart NASA by using liquid fuel, and that could eventually lead to a discount for customers willing to take advantage of ‘pre-loved’ rockets. The customer of this first rocket is SES, a satellite operator based out from Luxembourg. It carries the SES-10 satellite, which is meant to provide communication services to Latin America.
CTO of SES, Martin Halliwell said, “Having been the first commercial satellite operator to launch with SpaceX back in 2013, we are excited to once again be the first customer to launch on SpaceX’s first ever mission using a flight-proven rocket.”
All these long term cost benefits and customer friendly, affordable rocket travels is going to hit reality only if SpaceX manages to get the first one successfully off the ground and back into space. The rocket that is used now was flown previously on April 8, 2016, for CRS-8. It was the first of the company’s rockets to nail a landing at sea on a floating drone barge repurposed as a mobile landing pad.
The new launch is scheduled on March 30, 2017, with a launch window opening at 6:27 PM EDT (3:27 PM PTD).