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Elon Musk's SpaceX Edges Nearer to Goal of Reusable Rockets

Postby MrFredPFL » Tue Oct 31, 2017 12:03 am

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SpaceX completed its 19th successful landing of a rocket launched into orbit Monday, making further progress toward billionaire CEO Elon Musk’s goal of creating reusable space hardware.

Monday’s launch from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center — SpaceX’s 15th this year — thrust a Falcon 9 rocket topped with a South Korean company’s communications satellite into orbit, reports.

The rocket’s first stage touched down about 8.5 minutes after it launched, making a precision landing on a SpaceX drone ship stationed a few hundred miles off the Florida coast. Its second stage blasted on a distant geostationary transfer orbit. About 35 minutes later, it deployed its Koreasat-5A communications satellite, which will serve broadcast and broadband customers in South Korea, Japan and other countries.

“A little toasty, but stage one is certainly still intact on the drone ship,” SpaceX lead mechanical engineer John Federspiel said, referring to a quickly extinguished fire that smoldered at the booster’s base soon after landing.

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