SpaceX set to prove that its rockets can be reused

SpaceX’s first opportunity to prove that its rockets can really be reused will come next week, when the company will attempt to re-fly one of the Falcon 9 rockets that it recovered from its past space missions.

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.

The scheduled re-launch of the used Falcon 9 rocket will mark a leap forward in Elon Musk’s fifteen-year-quest to trim down costs of space missions, eventually enabling establishment of a human colony on Mars.

Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES SA, “The satellite industry needs more launch vehicles, and we need more access to space. Rockets that can be flown, recovered and relaunched again help enormously. This is a hugely important milestone.”

Phil Larson, who once worked for SpaceX and is now serving at the University of Colorado, added that it is going to be a “Wright Brothers moment” for space.

The Falcon 9 rocket was originally launched in April 2016. It landed successfully on an unmanned drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. The company has thus far recovered a total of eight rockets from past missions. Being a big source of pride for the company, the first of those recovered rockets is now placed in front of SpaceX’s based headquarters in Hawthorne, California.