Apr 02 2017
As a test, SpaceX outfitted the fairing with thrusters and a steerable parachute. CEO Elon Musk told reporters it was "the cherry on the cake" for what was already a very historic day.
Mr Musk announced last month that SpaceX plans to send two private citizens who paid "significant deposits" on a week-long flight circling the moon late next year. But SpaceX has been working for years to change that and lower the cost of spaceflight.
As for the cost of Thursday's launch, Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer at SES, has declined to say publicly the exact amount.
Remote sound-triggered cameras around launch pad 39A captured stunning views of Thursday evening's launch of a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket on the first reflight of an orbital-class booster.
The rocket also made history the two times it landed on a platform - called a droneship - about the size of a football field in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
While the exact life of the re-used boosters is uncertain, Musk said they could be redeployed anywhere from 10 to 100 or even 1,000 times, depending on how much refurbishment is needed.
SpaceX originally used the first-stage Falcon 9 booster to launch a Dragon spacecraft in April to transport 7,000 pounds of cargo to the International Space Station as part of the Commercial Resupply Services contract with NASA. Musk wrote on Twitter Thursday night that his next goal is to launch and land the same rocket twice within 24 hours.
The company prices a "reusable" Falcon 9 mission at between $42 million and $61 million each. Originally slated to fly in 2013, Falcon Heavy is now expected to fly late this summer.
Perhaps more important to Musk's visionary reputation, the same techniques will likely make portions of the planned Falcon Heavy rocket recoverable, increasing the feasibility of Musk's planned colonization of Mars.
Apr 01 2017
Bust: Former 3rd overall pick Jordan released by Dolphins
However, the veteran safety must first serve an eight-game suspension due to a violation of the NFL's substance abuse policy. Louis, McDonald played four years with the organization, including moving with them last year to become the Los Angeles Rams.
Mar 31 2017
'Syrian people will choose Assad's fate,' says Tillerson in Turkey
The PKK has led a three-decade long insurgency in southeast Turkey and is considered a "terrorist group" by the US. State Department official said Tillerson had emphasized Turkey's "important role" in regional security.
Mar 31 2017
Date set for SpaceX's first reusable rocket launch
This evening, almost a full year after it first launched a payload into orbit, a Falcon 9 booster will attempt a second launch. The rocket will be carrying the SES-10 satellite into orbit and after delivering the SES-10 it will come back to Earth.
Mar 31 2017
US economy grew at 2.1 percent rate in Q4
Trade reduced GDP by 1.82 percentage points in the fourth quarter after contributing 0.85 percentage points in the third quarter. Investment in nonresidential structures was revised to show it falling at a less steep 1.9 per cent pace in the fourth quarter.
Mar 30 2017
Facebook Puts Ephemeral Snapchat-Like Features Into Your News Feed
The company has already brought this feature on Whatsapp and Instagram long back and now it has added stories to its platform. These photos and videos, which disappear after 24 hours, won't appear in the user's timeline unless the post them there too.
Mar 29 2017
Texas Senate OKs Revisions To Voter ID Law
The Senate Tax and Fiscal Policy Committee on Tuesday revamped a transportation funding plan sent by the House. She says the stalemate caused by their clashing philosophies frequently delayed projects and policies.
Mar 29 2017
GOP bill shifts NY Medicaid costs; Dems call 'Buffalo Bribe'
As I have said before, if this Governor can't find 1.5 percent to save in his budget, I am more than willing to find it for him". In North Carolina, Medicaid spending rose at a rate of about 5 percent a year, some 76 percent overall, between 2000 and 2012.
Mar 28 2017
NFL Approves Raiders Move to Las Vegas
But the club has been reticent to explore that route because of the facility's 35,500-seat capacity and outdated locker rooms. And he didn't protest when it was the Chargers, not his Raiders, who got first dibs on the second spot in Los Angeles.
Mar 28 2017
Trump to Sign Executive Order Undoing Obama Cuts in Power Plant Emissions
The former Oklahoma attorney general blamed the Obama administration for following "a very anti-fossil fuel strategy". We need a pro-growth and pro-environment approach for how we do regulations in this country.
Mar 26 2017
Las Vegas police investigating bus shooting outside Cosmopolitan on Strip
The gunman was barricaded inside a bus along the strip, prompting a partial closure of the busy boulevard, police said. Las Vegas police reported that they were investigating a shooting that occurred on South Las Vegas Boulevard.
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