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Reusable rockets
Posted: 10 April 2017

SpaceX has successfully recovered eight of their first stage boosters, and has also reflown, and recovered again, the rocket known as Core 1021. Now Elon Musk says they want to be able to recover the second stage as well, and reuse almost 100% of the rocket. His vision for human space flight includes landing the crew capsule under power for reuse too!

Soon space tourism will be a regular thing. Oh wait, we said so a while back...

Elon Musk Wants To Reuse All Of SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket By 2018, Slashing Cost Of Space Travel
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As noted by Fortune, space entrepreneur Elon Musk now says he wants to achieve complete reuse of the entire SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in 2018.
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Doug Vining SpaceX has now landed 13 of their rocket boosters, and reflown two used rockets, also recovering them successfully. It seems the age of reusable rockets is upon us!
Posted: 27 June 2017 at 09:46
Doug Vining While plenty of organizations are trying their hand at developing ways to reduce the cost of launches, none can match SpaceX’s success to date. Its president, Gwynne Shotwell, said earlier this year that the cost of flying a refurbished booster was potentially less than half that of building a new one for each launch. And its CEO, Elon Musk, knows from experience that those successes are positioning SpaceX to become an incredibly powerful force in the future of space exploration.

“Imagine if we were an aircraft company selling aircraft that could be flown many times, and everyone else was selling aircraft that could be flown once,” he said after the first successful reuse of a SpaceX rocket booster. “I mean, you know, that’s not a very competitive position to be in.” And this point, it looks more than ever as if the commercial space race is SpaceX’s to lose.

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/608172/spacex-is-making-commercial-space-launches-look-like-childs-play/
Posted: 27 June 2017 at 09:42
 
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