Practice makes ideal? Absolutely!
A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket recovered at sea from its maiden flight a year ago blasted off again from Florida on Thursday in the first successful launch of a recycled orbital-class booster, which scored a double feat with another return landing on an ocean platform.
The SES-10 mission marked an historic milestone as SpaceX seeks to prove that a rapid reusability of an orbital class rocket is possible.
To cap it all off, the booster detached itself from the rest of the rocket during the launch, and successfully touched down on a sea-based landing pad - meaning it could, in theory, be repurposed once again, although this particular booster will be donated to the Cape Canaveral Spaceport for display, seeing as it's history-making and all that.
If you watched the live webcast of the re-flight, you would observe that the whole scheduling and timing of the launch was incredibly precise.
SpaceX's quest to make space travel more affordable took a massive leap forward this week when the firm launched and landed a Falcon 9 rocket. "And that means you need a reusable rocket system".
SpaceX says it has inspected the rocket and ensured it is ready for launch again. During the space shuttle program, the twin booster rockets dropped away two minutes into flight and parachuted into the Atlantic for recovery. A fully reusable vehicle has never been done before.
"The potential is there for [an] over 100-fold reduction in the cost of access to space", he said.
Musk said: "It's an incredible day for space as a whole". At the top of the 23-story rocket was SES-10, a communications satellite which will enable Luxembourg-based SES SA to improve delivery of television, internet and other services to Latin America.
"Within 24 months it will be so normal it will no longer matter if the launch is with a new rocket or a flight-proven booster", Halliwell said.
Perhaps one of SpaceX's most ambitious and ultimate mission is to establish a colony of humans on Mars. This is exactly the result SpaceX was hoping for when it set out to revolutionize space flight.
SES was granted a discount for agreeing to use a recycled rocket and they said it "opened the door into a whole new era of spaceflight".