• News
  • Sci-tech

Launch, Land, Launch - SpaceX Tries Reusing Its Rocket

Mind you, this isn't the first time a rocket will ever have been reused; the Space Shuttle solid rocket boosters -the two white rockets attached on either side to the orange external fuel tank- were commonly reused.

This attempt at reusability will mark a key moment for SpaceX in that basically all of its plans for the future - including human trips to Mars and maybe beyond - rely on fast, efficient and affordable launch capabilities.

Test fire was planned for today and Falcon-9 managed to pass through it without any problems. Rockets cost tens of millions of dollars, and in the past they've typically just been left to burn up in the atmosphere after launch. In this way, reusability was revealed to be the cornerstone of his objective.

Not only is SpaceX relaunching a Falcon 9 rocket that has previously been used on a mission, the company is going to try and land it back once again on a drone ship at sea. If this move turns out to be a success, it will greatly accelerate SpaceX's goal of cutting down the cost of space flights.

We don't know, since SpaceX and this particular customer, SES, are private companies. That first stage possess nine rocket engines, while the second stage has only one engine.

The Falcon 9 rocket was originally launched in April 2016. It charges companies roughly $US60 million ($79 million) to carry a payload, but in the case of this week's launch, SpaceX cut European-based telecom satellite operator SES a steep discount due to the refurbished rocket, according to a report by Spaceflight Now. Musk has acknowledged that refurbishment will need to be a quicker process and noted that the next Falcon 9 iteration Block 5 will be "the final upgrade of the Falcon architecture".

More news: Las Vegas casino panic over suspected robber in pig mask

Relying on the Falcon 9's repurposed lower stage-including nine refurbished main engines meant to propel a European commercial satellite into Earth's orbit-the blastoff slated for Thursday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center will mark the culmination of years of intense planning, testing and public advocacy by the company. SpaceX is doing this on an orbital flight, with a paying customer.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket cost $54 million to build.

The SES satellite taking flight this week will enhance coverage for Latin America. That's because the Geo Stationary Transfer Orbit requires the first stage rocket to reach a significantly higher altitude than other low earth orbit missions. This was the second successful landing for the space flight privateers, and the first to touch down on one of their ocean landing platforms. On Thursday, winds and thick layer clouds ahead of the storm system are the concerns.

If the launch is delayed to the backup day Friday, the weather is forecast to worsen with a 60 percent chance of favorable conditions.

SpaceX has had eight successful Falcon 9 landings, and on Thursday we should see one of them make history.

Leave Your Comment

Leave Your Comment

Latest News

  • FS Nariman, others write to VP on Finance Bill classification

    FS Nariman, others write to VP on Finance Bill classification

    Replying to the debate, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said the bill protects the source of information related to tax evasion. He billed the merger of various tribunals as an effort to rationalise and save the exchequer's expenses.
    Another significant severe weather day expected on Tuesday

    Another significant severe weather day expected on Tuesday

    "Damaging winds and large hail will be the main threats, with an isolated tornado possible", officials said in a statement. Showers and storms this afternoon and evening will bring the threat for severe weather into central and eastern Kentucky.

    Louisiana Jury Finds Officer Guilty in Fatal Shooting of 6-Year-Old

    A prosecutor, Matthew Derbes, asked Few if he regrets not stopping his auto when he saw the blue lights from an officer's vehicle. Few and his son were struck by multiple gunshots fired by the deputy city marshals". "I felt I had no choice but to save Norris".
  • National Football League owners OK Raiders' move to Las Vegas

    Green made sure to mention that moving a town over is different than bolting to another city 500 miles away. When it's done and the Raiders move in, UNLV will as well. "You just don't move certain franchises".
    Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

    Saints coach Payton: Team not looking to bring in Manziel

    Citing a team source on Tuesday, Bleacher Report's Jason Cole reported the Saints have "no interest" in signing Manziel. Currently, it's my understanding he hasn't signed his tender, so it was just that.
    Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

    Ford recalls 440K vehicles for fire risk, door latch trouble

    In these vehicles, the pawl spring tab in the side door latch can brake, leading to the door not being able to close properly. Dealerships will replace the current two-piece driveshaft in favor of a three-piece unit with two center bearing brackets.
  • Strategy : Amazon is unleashing a new weapon in the grocery wars

    The store is able to track a few customers at a time , but once it reaches about 20, it becomes too much for the system . AmazonFresh Pickup is now in beta testing with employees at two locations in Amazon's Seattle headquarters.

    College Basketball Tournament Recap: Saturday, March 25th

    Luke Maye recorded his first career double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds, helping fuel a quick start for Carolina (30-7). Heading into Saturday, 42 schools had made it to the Final Four at least once since the tournament expanded to 64 teams in 1985.

    'Earth Hour' Turns 10, Let's Ask Ourselves Are We Doing Enough?

    Earth Hour launched in Sydney in 2007, with 2.2 million people and 2,100 businesses switching off their lights. Lights will be voluntarily switched off from 8:30 to 9:00 PM from buildings, reports 24 News HD.
  • The most unpredictable election in French history?

    Chadian opposition parties say she should have been banned from visiting describing her as a champion of "fascist" policies. Touching upon the accusations of Russian meddling in the French election campaign, Le Pen said the claims were groundless.

    Japan's Aso: No G20 member was against free trade

    He also has started the process to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement with Mexico and Canada. Mr Trump has already pulled the USA out of a proposed free trade deal with Japan and other countries.
    Thousands take to streets in opposition rallies across Russia (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

    Thousands take to streets in opposition rallies across Russia (VIDEOS, PHOTOS)

    As of midday in Moscow , state news media had not reported the protests. In Saint-Petersburg, about 4,000 people gathered in the city centre.
  • Duterte to US: Why didn't you send armada vs China islands?

    Duterte to US: Why didn't you send armada vs China islands?

    A week ago, Chinese premier Li Keqiang insisted that China's use of the region was not an attempt at colonization. Duterte repeated that he would not go to war with militarily superior China over the territorial conflict.
    Facebook adds Snapchat-like camera features to main mobile app

    Facebook adds Snapchat-like camera features to main mobile app

    Once they're done decorating, people can add them to their story , share it to the news feed or direct-message it to a friend. This allows you to share photos and videos with each other in direct response to the stories you are trading with each other.

    Overnight Healthcare: Ryan visits White House amid healthcare rubble

    Shortly thereafter, the commander in chief called on followers to watch Judge Jeanine Pirro's show on Fox News that evening. Nonetheless, President Trump and Ryan are in agreement that the collapse of the law is as a result of the rising premiums.
  • Destiny 2 teaser sets the stage for March 30 reveal trailer

    Destiny 2 teaser sets the stage for March 30 reveal trailer

    It's great just to see the new logo, but take a closer look, and it actually reveals some key facts about the next Destiny game. It's potentially not just Xbox One owners who will feel the full brunt of the PS4 timed-exclusivity arrangement for Destiny 2 .
    Donald Trump: House panel should investigate Hillary Clinton, not me

    Donald Trump: House panel should investigate Hillary Clinton, not me

    Furthermore, in his latest tweets on Monday evening, Trump wrote that the " Trump Russia story is a hoax ". The charges stem from Peter Schweizer's book Clinton Cash and an April, 2015 New York Times article .
    Iran blacklists Raytheon, 14 United States  firms

    Iran blacklists Raytheon, 14 United States firms

    The sanctions target firms that provide arms and equipment to Israel "for use against the Palestinians", IRNA reported. Congress passes a bill which would designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization.

Breaking News


Premature death rate surges in suburban areas due to drug overdoses

Opioid-related deaths jumped from 0 in the county in 2010 to 13 in 2011 and have stayed in the teens since then, Westbrook said. The five counties in poorest health, starting with the least healthy, are Bronx, Sullivan, Cattaraugus, Hamilton and Niagara.

Prince Harry & Meghan Markle May Be Putting the Brakes on an Engagement

However, Harry changed his mind after Prince William was filmed dancing and partying in an all-boys ski trip. A Kensington Palace spokesmen has declined to comment, describing it as a "private matter".

Trump tax bill would have been slashed by his plans

Maddow tweeted about obtaining the tax documents in the hours before she said she planned to release the details on her show. Maddow's tweet less than 90 minutes before her show that "we've got Trump's tax returns" set off a social media frenzy.

Coach Danny Blind sacked by Holland following defeat to Bulgaria

After the match, Blind accepted responsibility for the shock defeat, which was sure to lead to questions about his leadership. So many "incidents" can not be mere coincidence and these poor results make Blind's parting shot sound delusional.

11-year-old badly burned by homemade slime

I told her we should wait a bit. 11-year-old Kathleen Quinn has been making "slime" since December. This week, an expert at Consumer Reports warned parents to be cautious while handling Borax.

Is Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin Pulling Our Lego?

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin says artificial intelligence is "so far in the future" that it's "not even on my radar screen". So I just want to have the legal disclosure that you've asked me the question and I am not promoting any product.

President Trump to sign executive order to undo Obama's fossil fuels regulations

But challengers say the rule exceeds the EPA's statutory authority and goes beyond the bounds set by the Constitution. He complained some people seemed to think that if "you're pro-growth, pro-jobs, you're anti-environment".

President Trump returns to golf course - this time in Virginia

Club members told Jennifer Jacobs of Bloomberg that Trump indeed played a full 18 holes "with the club pro and a club members". Well, now he's president and it seems he has more than enough time for golf-more than once a week, in fact.

Brexit Chills EU's 60th Anniversary Celebration in Rome

This is our real test. "The success of the Union hinges on our ability to implement the social pillar". Muscat argued that reflecting on the values that molded Europe was not about "being romantic".

Virtual band Gorillaz launches virtual music video to promote Humanz album

Also, tomorrow, Friday, March 24, Gorillaz will perform the entire album live at a show in London at a secret location . The album will be the virtual band's fourth full-length LP, and their first release since 2010's " Plastic Beach ".