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SpaceX test-fires "used" rocket for Thursday launch

SpaceX, Elon Musk's space exploration company, has a goal: to make rockets that can launch and land over and over again. But two days after SES officials announced their intention to fly with SpaceX on August 30, a SpaceX rocket exploded on a Florida launch pad, throwing off the company's schedule.

"If one can figure out how to effectively reuse rockets just like aeroplanes, the cost of access to space will be reduced by as much as a factor of a hundred", Musk is quoted as saying on SpaceX's website. After deploying SES-10, SpaceX plans on landing the core again.

After some minor repairs, the rocket is now set to be reused, as scientists, space enthusiasts as well as SpaceX's own research and development team pay close attention to the launch. Thursday will be historic in that it will be the first time that the company will ever re-fly one of the landed boosters. We also have to say "liquid-fueled" because the space shuttle solid rocket boosters were reusable.

SpaceX briefly fired the nine Merlin 1D engines of the previously flown Falcon 9 in the pre-flight test at 2 p.m. EDT, which shut down around three seconds later.

However, the company also experienced a major setback in the months since this rocket landed back on Earth, which delayed its launch schedule. Elon Musk, the chief executive and founder of SpaceX, wishes to send several spaceships to Mars, delivering humans and cargo to develop there a self-sustaining civilization.

The SES-10 satellite will provide television broadcast and telecommunication services to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean. It has launched performed landings on a barge at sea multiple times. It will be the beginning of the end for throwing away tens of millions of dollars each launch.

The scheduled re-launch will take place on Thursday, March 30, from the historical NASA Complex 39A launch pad at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, according to Inverse.

This will be SpaceX's fourth launch this year after a flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif, on January 14 to launch 10 Iridium NEXT satellites, a space station resupply mission launched from pad 39A on February 19 and launch of an EchoStar communications satellite on March 16, also from the Kennedy Space Center.

The Falcon 9 launch will mark the first time anyone has launched a used rocket into orbit. "I think the whole industry is looking".

If you're willing to ride on a "flight-proven" rocket, as SpaceX calls it, President and COO Gwynne Shotwell said you might get another 10 percent off.



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