SpaceX Reuses Rocket from Historic Mission to Launch Satellite
The same Falcon 9 booster that carried two NASA astronauts on a historic trip to the International Space Station launched a communications satellite into orbit.
- The rocket carried a communications satellite belonging to the South Korean military.
- The first-stage booster was the same booster that was flown on SpaceX’s first crewed mission.
- On May 30, the rocket sent Crew Dragon into orbit with NASA astronauts Bob Behnken and Douglas Hurley inside.
SpaceX CEO Elon Musk intends to drive down the cost of launching satellites and people into outer space, exhibited in this successful development of reusable rocket technology. Musk has said the latest version of the Falcon 9 first stage can fly up to 10 times with minimal refurbishing needed between launches.
Catching the fairing proves a financially valuable endeavor, allowing the parts to be reused.
Twitter user @MrCrouton80 replied:
“Elon once described the fairing halves as a ‘pallet of cash, falling through the sky...Do you just let it go, or do you try and catch it?’”
User @mark_tennessee added:
“They are actually pretty expensive. I’ve read in the $3,000,000 dollar range for a set.”