Many minds flew on Thursday when the first 10-story stage was launched a second time, raising a 4,300 kg payload on its way to a geostationary orbit about 36,000 kilometers above Earth and then returning To the planet. Blue Origin has done this with the much smaller and suborbital Newborn Shepard rocket. NASA's space shuttle was for the most part reusable, but also the product of a multimillion-dollar government program. On Thursday a private company, after investing over a billion dollars of its own funds, reused a large and complicated rocket.
Thursday, Musk clearly felt he had finally pushed the space flight through the rubicon of reusable rockets, and permanently changed the aerospace industry, and said he now trusts that the company can achieve its goal of reuse 24 hours a day. "So it's been 15 years to get to this point, it took us a long time," he said. "A lot of difficult steps along the way. This is going to be ultimately a great revolution in space flight."
The dawn of commercial space
For some in the aerospace industry, such talk does not seem hyperbole. Bobby Braun, who served as NASA's chief technology officer and is now Dean of the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences at the University of Colorado-Boulder, said that achievement occupies a prominent place in the annals of aviation and The aerospace feats. "I think within 50 years we will see backwards on this day and that is to say where commercial space travel began," he said.
Braun compared the Thursday reflight of the Falcon 9 rocket to the commercial debut of the 707 Boeing aircraft. This aircraft, a Boeing game to translate its success as a World War II aviation contractor on private air travel, made its first commercial flight from New York to Paris in October 1958. Within a decade air travel exploded in Popularity across the country, Airport terminal built areas, runways, baggage handling services and more modern commercial aviation items. Reusable rockets have the potential to play the same role for space transport, Braun said.