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World first: SpaceX fires, retrieves recycled rocket

Mar 31, 2017, 8:22 AM EDT
(Source: Michael Seeley/flickr)
(Source: Michael Seeley/flickr)

SpaceX on Thursday took a giant stride towards its ultimate goal of putting humanity “out there among stars” by successfully launching the first recycled rocket, which is a milestone given its ability to slash costs and speed up orbital flights in near future. This is the first time the same rocket has been used for two different missions, a development that SpaceX C.E.O. described as a huge revolution in spaceflight.

The Falcon 9 rocket earlier carried Dragon spacecraft on a commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station in April 2016 and then turned around, following which it was reconditioned and reloaded for its second launch, reports CNET.

An elated Musk took to Twitter to announce his company’s next goal, which is to launch a rocket twice within 24 hours, notes CNN. Nearly 15-year-old company plans to launch up to six reused boosters this year, an aim that doesn’t seem unrealistic now that it has tasted the success with its first project. 

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