We might see history being made by SpaceX in a few days. For the first rocket it landed on an ocean platform, SpaceX has again conducted a static test fire. The private space corporation wants to make sure everything goes according to plan. They want everything in top condition for the liftoff. After almost a year of delays SpaceX has finally decided on a date, March 30th. Its main competition Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin already sent a used rocket back to space in early 2016. If the Thursday launch is successful then this will be fisrt ever orbital mission with a used rocket.
SpaceX has a lot to lose in this mission, this launch will prove that Falcon 9 rockets truly are reusable. Development on this technology is going on for a long time. SpaceX has invested a lot of money and resource into this. If this technology succeeds then this will save NASA and other space agencies and companies around the world lot money on sending payloads to space. SES S.A a Luxembourg-based communications satellite is the owner and they are taking the risk of being the first company to take a chance on SpaceX’s booster. Thursday’s launch will ferry an SES-10 satellite into geostationary orbit to deliver direct-to-home broadcasting, broadband and mobile services in Mexico, the Caribbean, Central America and South America.