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