SpaceX Go for Launch for Friday

SpaceX Set To Launch Previously Flown Rocket

SpaceX Set To Launch Previously Flown Rocket

SpaceX will also pulled off a controlled landing of the Falcon 9 first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" autonomous spaceport drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The launch has been pushed back until 3:10 p.m. SpaceX advertises satellite launches on new rockets for $62 million.

If all goes as planned, SpaceX - the private space exploration company headed by Tesla chief Elon Musk - will launch two rockets in just two days.

The satellite is BulgariaSat-1, which is owned and operated by Bulgarian TV service provider Bulsatcom.

Bulgariasat-1 was designed based on the powerful SSL 1300 platform, which is expected to service Bulgaria and most of the Eastern European region for 15 years. It's slated to take off from the historic 39A launch pad at Nasa Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, where Neil Armstrong left from before landing on the moon in 1969. Kudos to Musk and SpaceX for another successful launch and recovery, even if the landing was a bit rough.

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SpaceX's two ambitious Falcon 9 launches this weekend will showcase it's ability to send rockets into space more frequently than its competitors. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk cautioned that the booster may not make it back because of reentry force and heat in Brevard County. It was a three-engine landing burn, the "most hard to date", he commented once the first-stage of the rocket booster was back on Earth.

These activities are part of SpaceX's effort to develop and deploy reusable spaceflight systems, a key priority for Musk, who founded the company back in 2002.

Today, the Falcon 9's second stage - which was flying for the first time - did its job, continuing to power BulgariaSat-1 to orbit. Although these flights have not transported crew, SpaceX continues to work toward their goal of one day carrying astronauts to space in Crew Dragon's pressurized capsule using the Falcon 9.

The launch site has an interesting history, since Apollo and Space Shuttle missions started there as well.

SpaceX first reused a Falcon 9 first stage on March 30, during the successfullaunch of the SES-10 communications satellite. It's unclear if SpaceX plans to fly that booster for a third time.