SpaceX launches used rocket from Kennedy Space Center

U.S. spaceflight company SpaceX has today successfully reused a Falcon 9 rocket first stage as part of a satellite launch.

SpaceX's success isn't just a new milestone for the company, but the industry as a whole - this marks the first ever re-flight of an orbit-class rocket. While the fairing wasn't successfully recovered, it was directed to a specific location.

A historic feat for both Elon Musk and his team at SpaceX, the news was shared by the company's CEO on Twitter. "Something can be done that many people said was impossible".

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched right on time at 6:27 p.m. Thursday from Kennedy Space Center's Launch Complex 39A carrying the SES-10 communications satellite for SES.

SpaceX aims to eventually cut its costs by around 30% with the reuse of its rockets.

The rocket used Thursday sent cargo to the International Space Station in April 2016.

Musk's vision of recycling rockets to lower the cost of access to space crossed a threshold yesterday, but did his client see a monetary benefit as promised?

The first "flight proven" booster to go back to space made the trip nearly one year after it was used to launch a cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station last April.

SpaceX has been working toward its goal of using recycled rockets for more than a year.

There's a backup launch window on April 1, according to SpaceX, in case the flight needs to be postponed due to bad weather or issues with the rocket. Four previous SpaceX at-sea landing attempts failed.

"This is a really, really exciting step forward", Martin Halliwell, SES' chief technology officer, said before launch. Up until now, millions of dollars worth of rocket parts are usually discarded after every launch. When the times comes to launch something into orbit again that first stage needs to be rebuilt.

The website also cited an official at SES, the European company that owns the satellite, who emphasized that any risk from the previously-used rocket stage "has been blunted by months of inspections, refurbishment and engineering reviews".

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