Recycled rocket makes history for SpaceX and Bulgaria.
BulgariaSat-1 is safetly in orbit. Bulgaria gets their first geostationary communications satellite. For SpaceX it marks the second successful launch and landing of a Falcon 9 recycled rocket on both East and West coast SpaceX’s autonomous droneships.
This is no small feat for SpaceX who’s record for successful landing is 12 successful out of 17 attempts with seven having been completed at sea. This launch was no exception and Musk was tweeting that the recycled Falcon 9 may burn up and not come back. That recycled Falcon 9 first stage rocket did make it back safety utilizing its crush-able core design to withstand tremendous forces while landing upright.
With Elon Musk a lot comes down to improving inefficiencies, creating better ways, reducing foot print, reduction of new resources so these recycled rocket landing are major victories for Musk and SpaceX.
Before SpaceX there was no such thing as a recycled rocket.
Now SpaceX is reusing a 14 story tall core that houses liquid oxygen and rocket-grade kerosene (RP-1) propellant fuel in aluminum-lithium alloy tanks and nine Merlin engines. United Launch Alliance, a joint venture between Boeing and Lockheed Martin, studied reusable rocket concepts and determined the trade-offs were not worth the benefits. Something Musk has been challenging with his recycled rockets and SpaceX. As he challenged the auto industry with Tesla and traditional payments with PayPal.
Elon Musk’s vision of creating a multi planetary transportation system for the future may be right around the corner.
With plans to expand into vehicles with larger load capacities and following the reusable model for airplanes, Musk envisions multi planetary travel costing an affordable $200,000.
The key factor is cut costs through traditional methods and new technology making it more efficient and cost effective for multi planetary travel.