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SpaceX Poised To Launch Company’s First ‘Recycled’ Rocket

SpaceX launched the Flacon 9 booster back in 2016 and landed the first stage on a drone ship at sea. Photo: SpaceX / Flickr

SpaceX is poised to launch a recycled rocket from the Kennedy Space Center, a first for the private space company.

The Falcon 9 rocket has launched before. Last April, it sent cargo to the International Space Station. SpaceX landed that rocket booster on a drone ship and towed it back into port. Technicians refurbished the rocket and prepped it for a second launch.

The launch will be the first-time SpaceX fires its “flight-proven” rocket. It’s a part of the private space company’s commitment to rocket re-usability and the effort to lower the cost of access to space.

SpaceX plans again land the almost 14-story-tall booster on a drone ship at sea.

The rocket is sending a commercial communications satellite into orbit for Luxemberg-based operator SES. The launch window opens at 6:27 p.m. eastern time and weather remains favorable.

Follow 90.7’s WMFE’s Space Reporter Brendan Byrne on Twitter for updates on the launch: @SpaceBrendan

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Brendan Byrne

About Brendan Byrne

Space Reporter and 'Are We There Yet?' Host

Brendan covers space news for WMFE, everything from rocket launches to the latest scientific discoveries in our universe. He hosts WMFE's weekly radio show and podcast "Are We There Yet?" which explores human space exploration. Brendan is a native Floridian, born and raised in Broward County. He moved to ... Read Full Bio »