SpaceX launched its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.
Neil deGrasse Tyson, the ever-witty astrophysicist who delivers the truth about space and science to the masses, held a Reddit AMA on Sunday, and it included a playful challenge to SpaceX founder Elon Musk.
After some debate about whether the nosecone could be recovered, Musk said he told his engineering team, "Imagine you had $6 million in cash on a pallet flying through the air that's just going to smash into the ocean". "My mind is blown, frankly".
SpaceX launches first recycled rocket boosterThe historic event could make the company's CEO, Elon Musk's vision of human residences beyond earth, in reach. It's also important to note that space rockets and space shuttles are two different things, as NASA has had reusable shuttles for a long time. SpaceX refurbished and tested the 15-foot booster, still sporting its nine original engines. "Just opened the door into a whole new era of spaceflight". Currently, millions of dollars' worth of rocket parts are jettisoned after each launch. Historically, rockets have been a single-use object - imagine the cost of commuting to work if you had to buy a new auto each day. Earlier this week, an investigation into quality control issues discovered that almost every engine now stockpiled for use in Proton rockets is defective, RIA Novosti news agency reported, citing Igor Arbuzov, head of state rocket engine manufacturer Energomash. Its first priority is launching a lengthy manifest of commercial missions on its Falcon 9 rocket.
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Pad 39A at Kennedy Space Center will be future home to NASA Commercial Crew Program launches and Falcon Heavy missions. Musk is now one step closer to a world where space rockets are more like aircraft in how they are used. He wasn't so sure, though, about the cleaning job.
Last year, the Air Force awarded SpaceX, based in Hawthorne, California, its first substantial military contract in a deal valued at $83 million to launch a Global Positioning System satellite aboard a Falcon 9 rocket in May 2018. SpaceX also has plans to send an unmanned "Red Dragon" capsule to Mars in 2020.
Key to all of this, according to Musk, is the rapid, repeating turnaround of rockets and employees.