“It’s possible to achieve at least 100-fold reduction in the cost of space access.”

SpaceX launches a rocket, lands it, refurbishes, launches it again


Wed, Apr 5th, 2017 11:00 by capnasty NEWS

Elon Musk's SpaceX successful launch of a used rocket (an historic first) opens the door to cheaper access to space. Reportedly, the goal of the company is to reach a point where a rocket can be inspected, refueled, and relaunched within 24-hours of landing. It took 15 years of work to get to this point. By the way, SpaceX is hiring.

Recovering and refurbishing the used rocket booster that flew Thursday took SpaceX roughly four months, President Gwynne Shotwell said earlier this month. Eventually, that turnaround time will drop to a single day as the company seeks to reuse rockets much in the way airlines operate today.

In other news, Tesla is now worth more than General Motors, making it the most valuable U.S automaker.



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