SpaceX Set to Reuse Rocket For the First Time

Image: SpaceX
Image: SpaceX

Elon Musk is ready to prove that landing the rocket on a barge in April wasn’t just a fluke. Yesterday, the SpaceX co-founder tweeted that he hoped to relaunch its four landed rockets this fall for the first time.

The relaunch is a little behind schedule, since Musk said after the barge landing that he hoped that the rockets could fly again by June. Though a seven-month turnaround isn’t bad, the company eventually hopes that it can cut down the time to a matter of weeks.


Though this fall’s flight would be the first time one of SpaceX’s rockets is reused, Luxembourg-based satellite launcher SES has already expressed strong interest in championing the reusable rockets and bringing them to market. If the relaunch is successful and SpaceX continues to land even more rockets, Musk may need to get serious about needing more space for its rocket storage hangar.


Angela Chen is the morning editor at Gizmodo.

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Here’s what’s always been my thought when it comes to reusable rockets. If you are company X and want to send up your nearly irreplaceable satellite what rocket do you want to use? The used rocket that has a proven flight record and has been refurbished? Or do you use the brand new rocket where the windows still roll up and down and the AC still works?

I’d guess it all comes down to insurance and costs of launch.