Why SpaceX's Next Rocket Launch Is a Really Big Deal

Why SpaceX's Next Rocket Launch Is a Really Big Deal

Thursday evening (March 30th), SpaceX will attempt to make history once more with the first launch of a reusable rocket.

The Falcon 9 slated to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida, on Wednesday, will be carrying a communications satellite to place it in the orbit for Luxembourg-based communications company SES SA. However, the company is yet to relaunch one of its Falcon 9 rockets that have already been to space.

SpaceX has tried landing most of the rockets it has launched over the last two years, either by having them touch down at a ground-based landing site or by landing them on one of two autonomous drone ships in the ocean.

Landing rockets back on Earth after using them for transport to space is pretty impressive on its own, but it's not worth much if those same rockets don't go back to space.

While most of us are here just to see the launch and landing of the rocket, the folks at SpaceX are most concerned about the payload onboard. The first stage first fired at launch complex 40 prior to the CRS-8 space station resupply mission in April previous year. SpaceX has been testing the recovered stages to see if they are capable of spaceflight again and to figure out how much repairs and refurbishment are needed to make them fly again.

The primary objective behind the formation of SpaceX was to work on the reduction of costs for space flights by reusing the rockets. Minutes later the booster became the first SpaceX landed intact on a ship at sea.

"We have been through this (rocket) with a fine-toothed comb", he said.

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Mission planned for Thursday, 30th March starts with opening launch window at 22:00 UTC.

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SpaceX, founded by billionaire and CEO Elon Musk, inked a deal in August 2016 with telecommunications giant SES, to refly a "Flight-Proven" Falcon 9 booster.

During today's static fire test, the rocket's first and second stages are fueled with liquid oxygen and RP-1 propellants like an actual launch, and a simulated countdown is carried out to the point of a brief engine ignition. SES is entrusting SpaceX with the launch of the SES-10 communications satellite.

According to the latest weather forecast from the United States Air Force 45th Weather Squadron, there is an 70% percent chance overall of acceptable weather conditions for Thursday's launch.

".I think that Elon Musk remains dedicated to his long term goals and long-term vision, so they would continue working toward that goal".

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