SpaceX has launched its first ever completely recycled spacecraft from Cape Canaveral in Florida.
SpaceX used a Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft that had both been used before.
According to NASA’s international Space Station manager Kirk Shireman, the recycled rocket
doesn’t add any risk.
But he said that the launch was “still a dangerous business”, there is never “zero risk” when
it comes to rocket launches.
The Falcon 9 first stage landed successfully after delivering the Dragon into orbit.
Its landing back at Cape Canaveral marked SpaceX’s 20th recovery of a first stage booster.
SpaceX contracted NASA to fly for her to the ISS this was the 13th of up to 20 missions.
The dragon capsules are not able to deliver crew to the ISS at the moment, and are used to deliver cargo only.
although SpaceX is developing a variant for crew transport.
SpaceX delivered about 4,800lbs of cargo and material to the ISS to support science investigations aboard the space station.
SpaceX announced on Twitter that the Dragon successfully have entered into orbit.
“After about one month attached to the space station, Dragon will return with results of earlier experiments, splashing down in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of Baja California.”
The company is owned by billionaire Elon Musk, he said the weather was 90% favorable for the launch on Twitter.
He also said that his aims for SpaceX include assisting the colonization of Mars.
SpaceX has managed to achieve an economy of business by reusing previously developed craft.
Where its competitors’ are forced to build new ones for every launch.