Elon Musk's SpaceX To Make History Again — 'Second-Hand' Rockets Are Now A Thing

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American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation company SpaceX is all set to send the first used rocket back into space.

The first 'flight-proven' rocket to go past earth's gravity well into space twice will be a Falcon 9 rocket that was used to make the first ever powered landing at sea in April.

The launch of the 'second-hand' Falcon 9 rocket is slated for the final quarter of the year and the rocket will be carrying the SES-10 communications satellite.

The launch will mark a historic moment in commercial space flight and SpaceX confirmed the news on twitter along with an image of the booster after it landed on an autonomous barge in the Atlantic. The rocket had been used to send SpaceX's Dragon cargo spacecraft to the International Space Station  

Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer of SpaceX said, "Re-launching a rocket that has already delivered spacecraft to orbit is an important milestone on the path to complete and rapid reusability.SES has been a strong supporter of SpaceX's approach to reusability over the years and we're delighted that the first launch of a flight-proven rocket will carry SES-10."

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Story first published: Wednesday, August 31, 2016, 13:25 [IST]
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