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posted by Fnord666 on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:01AM   Printer-friendly
from the meals-on-boosters dept.

SpaceX has successfully flown and landed a used booster for its CRS-13 resupply mission for the International Space Station (ISS):

SpaceX's first flight with a pre-flown booster for NASA was a success. After launch, SpaceX successfully touched down its used Falcon 9 rocket at the company's ground-based Landing Zone 1 at Cape Canaveral. This marks the 14th landing SpaceX has pulled off this year, and the second time this particular vehicle has landed following take off. This is also their 17th launch of 2017.

[...] This morning's launch will carry nearly 4,800 pounds of cargo to the ISS. Included on board is a sensor designed to monitor how much space debris is surrounding the station, as well as another sensor that's supposed to measure how much sunlight reaches the Earth.

It's a triple-play!


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  • (Score: 4, Funny) by bob_super on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:14AM (3 children)

    by bob_super (1357) on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:14AM (#610578)

    Used booster launching a Used Dragon from an Old pad and sticking the landing for the umpteenth time in a row ... We demand New stuff !

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  • (Score: 3, Interesting) by takyon on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:18AM (2 children)

    by takyon (881) <takyonNO@SPAMsoylentnews.org> on Saturday December 16 2017, @01:18AM (#610579) Journal

    They still have to land an entire fairing for reuse.

    Then there's Falcon Heavy, launch likely in January.

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    • (Score: 3, Insightful) by frojack on Saturday December 16 2017, @04:08AM (1 child)

      by frojack (1554) Subscriber Badge on Saturday December 16 2017, @04:08AM (#610609) Journal

      The Fine Summary kind of missed the fact that this was a used Dragon.
      That's pretty significant.

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