– News of April 11, 2017 –
SpaceX, the company of billionaire Elon Musk, completed on March 30, 2017 an unprecedented feat by firing for the first time a rocket whose first floor was recovered from a previous flight.
And this floor was once again recovered. It could therefore serve as a basis for a third shot. Beyond the technical feat, this flight confirms that the SpaceX business model based on reusable rockets is technically viable.
If the company achieves, as it has the ambition, to reduce the costs of inspection and repair between each flight, it is a new era that looms for the industry access to ‘space. Indeed, the drastic reduction in launch costs would make it possible to multiply space applications and perhaps even the possibility of flights for ordinary citizens. After decades of immobility, it feels good to dream.