SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida on Thursday in the first successful launch of a recycled rocket, a feat that may open an era of cheaper space travel. Fred Katayama reports.
(BVO) – A first in space. SpaceX Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida on Thursday using a recycled rocket.
SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk:
ELON MUSK, SPACEX FOUNDER,
“It’s an amazing day for space as a whole, for the space industry, you can fly and re-fly all the class boosters, which is the most expensive part of the rocket. This is gonna be a huge revolution in space flight.”
It took SpaceX 15 years to show that a rocket could be recovered and reused. Typically, it’s discarded in the ocean after a single flight.
By reusing them, SpaceX aims to cut its costs by about 30 percent and shorten intervals between space flights.
Vladimir Golubev of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Daytona Beach:
DR. VLADIMIR V. GOLUBEV, PROFESSOR OF AEROSPACE ENGINEERING, DIRECTOR OF PROPULSION AND AERODYNAMICS, EMBRY-RIDDLE AERONAUTICAL UNIVERSITY,
“He is not the only one who is trying to develop this technology with reusable vehicles. Jeff Bezos is the one who is doing the same thing, but for a different purpose.”
After the launch, Musk said his next goal by year-end is to turn the rocket around for relaunch in 24 hours.