CEO Elon Musk told reporters it was "the cherry on the cake" for what was already a very historic day. Musk has always been a proponent of colonizing the planet Mars and he has used his considerable wealth to develop reusable rocket technology. The Falcon 9 booster launched for the company's 33rd mission on Thursday was also the first to make a successful return landing in the ocean.
Space-X had some spectaculars failures, but a 50-meter section of this booster rocket went into space past year, and then successfully landed on a platform at sea so it could fly again.
He added: "This is going to be a huge revolution in spaceflight".
The Falcon 9 in question was first used in April previous year when it launched the Dragon towards the International Space Station.
With more testing on the horizon it's possible that SpaceX could reach its productivity goal at the cusp of 2018. And it also goes down if the objective is to reuse the rocket.
The Falcon 9 launched from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.
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Speaking in front U.S. Senate in 2004, Musk put the price-to-orbit goal for the Falcon program at around $500 per pound. "SpaceX is saying if we can reuse rockets, we can start to create the ability for normal people to afford space travel and travel to other planets for a fraction of the cost anyone could if you were just throwing the rockets away".
As to what might launch on the Falcon Heavy, Musk playfully suggested on Twitter, "Silliest thing we can imagine!"
"Odds of success low, but maybe worth a shot", Musk tweeted, referring to his plans for the Falcon Heavy recovery attempt. Until Thursday, trying to retrieve the second stage used to get the satellite into the proper, high orbit seemed like a "Hail Mary" pass, Musk said.
What is being recycled is actually just the 14-story main body of the rocket, which separates from the top part of the rocket and then barrels back to Earth, ideally making a controlled landing on a drone ship parked off the coast of Florida.