SpaceX has accomplished an historic achievement

the recycling of a Falcon 9 rocket and its successful launch into space.

“If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like airplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred.” – Elon Musk

SpaceX, headed by the entrepreneur Elon Musk, has succeeded to make history by recycling a rocket that it had previously launched. Falcon 9, the launch rocket that SpaceX had launched on March 3, 2017, carried the payload capsule Dragon with the SES10 communication satellite. This rocket has been recycled – it was recovered after safely returning to Earth.

You can identify the rocket launcher as the long part of the rocket, which is 14 stories tall, and is used to propel the capsule that contains satellites or passengers beyond the atmosphere, into space.

The challenging part of the process is returning the launch rocket to Earth safely and undamaged. And indeed, after reaching an altitude of 200 kms above Earth, and a speed of 8 km/sec, it slowly began decelerating, and ultimately landed on an autonomous drone ship at sea.

While most launch rockets burn when entering the atmosphere as they descend back to Earth, the SpaceX launch rockets succeed to enter the atmosphere unscathed and to land safely, which renders them recyclable.

The major significance of this accomplishment is a very considerable reduction in the cost of accessing space, as the most expensive element in the launch process is the construction of the launch rocket.


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