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See The Historic SpaceX Flight and Coverage

posted: 03/31/17
by: Eileen Marable
Space X Falcon 9
Space X

Yesterday, SpaceX again made history as it launched a Falcon 9 rocket from NASA's Kennedy Space center. The flight accomplished two incredible things: it delivered a spacecraft into orbit with a refurbished booster first used in 2016 AND again stuck its landing on a Space X drone ship, the sixth time a Falcon 9 booster has done so.

The recycled Falcon 9 wasn't just on a test mission either. On its new upper stage and payload fairing, it carried a roughly 12 thousand pound SES-10 communications satellite. It's worth mentioning SpaceX also recovered the fairing, worth almost $6M, using a parachute and an onboard thruster to guide it to a "soft" landing in the Atlantic.

It's safe to say the space industry was buzzing about what this means for the future of space flight, commercial operations and exploration by making it more affordable. We've got the incredible video for you to view and curated the best expert commentary because we know you'll want all the context and to get lost in the story.

SpaceX Launches a Satellite With a Partly Used Rocket - The New York Times

SpaceX Lofts Commercial Satellite With Reused Rocket In Historic Flight - The Wall Street Journal

SpaceX makes history: It launched a used rocket and then brought it back to Earth - CNNTech

Used SpaceX Rocket Launches Satellite, Then Lands in Historic 1st Reflight - Space.com

SpaceX Accomplishes American 'Science Triumph' with 'Mind Blowing' Historic 2nd Launch and Landing of Used Rocket - Universe Today

SpaceX demonstrates rocket reusability with SES-10 launch and booster landing - SpaceNews

SpaceX makes aerospace history with successful launch and landing of a used rocket - The Verge

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