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Thursday, March 30, 2017

Space X Launches First Recycled Rocket

Space X has been launching rockets for a long time. So saying that they launched yet another rocket isn’t big news. However, what is big news is that they've launched the first ever recycled rocket:

After more than two years of landing its rockets after launch, SpaceX finally sent one of its used Falcon 9s back into space. The rocket took off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, this evening, sending a communications satellite into orbit, and then landed on one of SpaceX’s drone ships floating in the Atlantic Ocean. It was round two for this particular rocket, which already launched and landed during a mission in April of last year. But the Falcon 9’s relaunch marks the first time an orbital rocket has launched to space for a second time.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk appeared on the company’s live stream shortly after the landing and spoke about the accomplishment. “It means you can fly and refly an orbital class booster, which is the most expensive part of the rocket. This is going to be, ultimately, a huge revolution in spaceflight,” he said.
This is big news for two reasons: first, this is the first time that any rocket has ever been launched and landed, and then later re-launched and re-landed again. No longer will hundreds upon millions of dollars have to be wasted replacing rocket boosters for spacecraft, as rocket boosters can now be used over and over again. This is a huge development and gain for space travel.

Moreover, and secondly, this is a huge development and gain achieved through the free market! This wasn’t achieved by NASA. This wasn’t achieved by government. To the contrary, this was achieved by Space X—a corporation, private industry, the free market!

So not only does this mean that space travel is no longer an expensive endeavor, it is no longer an endeavor that is solely a government monopoly. Anything the public sector can do, the private sector can do better—much better!

I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again: government may have taken us to the moon, but the free market will take us to Mars!