Wednesday, December 23, 2015

SpaceX Nailed the Landing. Now Do It Again, Faster - Bloomberg Business

Discount schedule tbd; also see Background on Tonight's Launch (SpaceX News) for some tips on how to reorient and land a 14-story rocket booster
"SpaceX will soon fire the rocket that landed on Monday in a static ground test. But Musk said the same rocket won't fly again. SpaceX has “quite a big flight manifest” with more than 12 launches scheduled for 2016, he noted, and “sometime next year we ought to aim to re-fly one of the rocket boosters.” Reuseable rockets aren’t here—yet.
SpaceX engineers are likely "crawling all over that thing" to inspect what sort of damage the Falcon 9 booster experienced from physical stress and corrosion and assessing how quickly it could fly, said David Wireman, co-head of the aerospace practice at consulting firm Alix Partners. Part of the business issue for SpaceX, he said, will be assuring customers that a used rocket is as reliable as a new one. "Until the reliability of that sucker is proven, I don't want to be the second [customer], and I sure don't want to be the third.""
SpaceX Nailed the Landing. Now Do It Again, Faster - Bloomberg Business
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