Launching rockets in space is not as expensive as it used to be. Recently, a used rocket was relaunched, which is the first time in history that mankind has use the same rocket on two different missions.
The rocket got first launched toward geosynchronous orbit. They were able to obtain it back, using a drone to remotely pilot it back safely to earth. The drone ship called “Of Course I Still Love You” was the one assigned to wait until the rocket returned back on Earth.
“It shows you can fly and refly an orbit-class booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket,” SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said on a webcast. “This is ultimately a huge revolution in spaceflight.”
The next step for mankind is to launch a rocket twice within 24 hours. We all know why we would need to recycle. It is a great way to save, besides there are things are still reusable despite the act that they have been used before. Take this rocket for instance.
The price of the SpaceX Falcon rocket is $62 million. It is just right to bring the cause down since we don’t have that much money to buy a new rocket. One of the best ways to bring the price down is to reuse an old rocket.
“If SpaceX wants to maximize the economic benefits of its reusable rockets, the best method is to launch these vehicles as frequently as possible. But before a rocket can launch again, it has to be inspected, refurbished, and tested a few times to ensure that it’s ready for spaceflight. It took SpaceX up to four months to get this rocket ready for flight today, according to Shotwell, but the company is working to trim down that turnaround time. SpaceX could have a lot of practice on that front soon, as it expects to launch up to six pre-flown Falcon 9s this year,” The Verge states.