It’s the fourth time SpaceX has been able to recover a rocket after launch, and the third time it was recovered after landing on a barge. Such regularity is a big step in the company’s quest to lower launch costs and to establish rocket reusability as a norm in the industry, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Justin Karl said.
A pattern of recovering rockets means SpaceX will be able to offer consistent, and eventually lower, pricing to potential customers. The impact of that on the commercial launch business would be significant.
That’s one reason SpaceX has been launching and recovering rockets on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean, and then bringing them back to the Space Coast. The company has done so successfully three consecutive times.
“It seems as if they have a real streak going,” Karl said. “(SpaceX CEO) Elon Musk is upping the ante every time they do this. The fact they have done this shows a competency and that they can do it.”
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