SpaceX succeeds again in launching used rocket

falcon 9 on a drone ship in pacific ocean

SpaceX has achieved a milestone by successfully launching a recycled Falcon 9 rocket for the second time. That is, it has been used for the second launching after its first launching.

The rocket, Falcon 9, which has a 14 story core houses the fuel and the rocket’s main engines touched down on one of the company’s autonomous drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean shortly after taking off from a launchpad at nearby Cape Canaveral, Florida. 

According to the records, this is the 12th time SpaceX has successfully landed one of these rocket stages out of 17 attempts, and the seventh time it’s performed the feat at sea.
Prior to this moment, this rocket was used to put 10 satellites into orbit for communications company Iridium. The rocket then landed on a drone ship in the Pacific Ocean.

SpaceX retrieved the rocket and spent the next few months refurbishing it in preparation for Friday’s launch. On Friday 23 Jun, it was used to launch Bulgaria’s first communications satellite for TV service provider Bulsatcom.

According to the visionary CEO Elon Musk, the landing wasn’t easy, though. Because the rocket had to push BulgariaSat-1 to such a high orbit, the first stage experienced more force and heat during reentry than any other Falcon 9. Musk even warned that there was a “good chance [the] rocket booster doesn't make it back.”

Just after landing must have taken place, Mr Musk tweeted that the rocket booster used “almost all of the emergency crush core,” which helps soften the landing. It was the first time SpaceX has landed one rocket on both of its drone ships. (SpaceX keeps one in California for launches from Vandenberg Air Force Base.)

The trend of SpaceX re-using already used rocket came as a result of the in-born desire on the part of Elon Musk to save cost in creating a new rocket from the scratch, this cost amounts to millions of dollars per rocket. With his establishment achieving this unique feat for this number of times SpaceX is now on the right track to perfection.

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