SpaceX is preparing to launch a used Falcon 9 rocket for the second time ever next month. The ‘pre-flown’ Falcon 9 first stage booster was rolled into a hangar at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida over the weekend.
Hours after CRS-11 lifted off, this flight-proven booster rolled into the hangar at 39A; targeting June 17 launch of BulgariaSat-1. pic.twitter.com/ZcqRQeJPx6
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) June 7, 2017
This used booster is set to launch the BulgariaSat-1 communications satellite on June 17 from Kennedy’s historic Launch Complex 39A. (Launch Pad 39A was previously used for NASA’s space shuttle and Apollo moon missions).
This booster was previously launched on January 14th – hauling 10 communications satellites into low Earth orbit for the Iridium.
SpaceX successfully launched a ‘pre-flown’ Falcon 9 on March 30th. By using ‘pre-flown’ rockets SpaceX hopes to slash the cost space-flight.