SpaceX has launched its Falcon 9 rocket — powered by an advanced first-stage booster that the company said could be used up to 100 times.
The Falcon 9, with its Block 5 booster, placed an Indonesian telecommunications satellite into orbit after its launch from Cape Canaveral, Fla.
The booster was previously used in May. On that earlier flight, the Block 5, after getting the rocket soaring, landed on the company’s autonomous spaceport drone ship, called Of Course I Still Love You.
According to SpaceFlightNow, the booster’s upgrades helped shorten turnaround time for recovery and reuse.
SpaceX maintains that the boosters can be used up to 100 times — thus vastly reducing the cost of reaching space.
A reusable rocket makes space flight cheaper, and is considered the only way space travel will become more frequent and accessible to the masses.