Friday, March 31, 2017

SpaceX Pulls It Off

The first launch (to orbit - Blue Origin has already done suborbital launches) of a "second hand" rocket yesterday was textbook for SpaceX and communications company SES.

Oh, and it launched from the same pad as the Apollo missions.

The booster was safely landed and retrieved, and will be put on permanent display at Cape Kennedy.

On top of that, quietly, SpaceX managed their first retrieval of the second stage of the rocket - something that also marks a milestone for the quest towards cheaper rocket launches.

(Although we should definitely be looking into other ways to getting into space, cheap rockets may remain the best way to launch communications satellites and similar that need to be inserted into precise orbits).