Vote for 2021’s best people, places and things in our annual Readers Poll!

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

A SpaceX rocket is about to make history with a second trip into space

Posted By on Tue, Mar 28, 2017 at 1:17 PM

  • photo by spacex/Instagram
Elon Musk's SpaceX is preparing to launch its previously used, or "flight proven," Falcon 9 rocket into space for the first time in aviation history.

The unmanned Falcon 9, which is a model designed to be reused repeatedly to cut down launch costs, will be carrying an SES-10 satellite for coverage over Latin America, according to satellite company SES.

The rocket is scheduled to take off Thursday, March 30, at 4:59 p.m. The flight window was supposed to open on Wednesday, but complications over the weekend led to a Thursday launch day.

"We believe reusable rockets will open up a new era of space flight and make access to space more efficient in terms of cost and manifest management," SES Chief Technnology Officer, Martin Halliwell, told WKMG.

The flight-proven rocket went through a static fire test at NASA's Kennedy Space Center on Monday at 2 p.m. that was deemed successful. The Falcon 9 was held in place by clamps on the launch pad as it exerted 1.7 million pounds of thrust, which is the extent of its potential output.

This specific Falcon 9 Rocket was used last April to successfully deliver cargo to the International Space Station for NASA. It eventually landed on April 8 in the Atlantic Ocean on the SpaceX drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You."

An attempted test launch last September ended in a fiery inferno when one of the Falcon 9s proceeded to explode on the test launch pad in Cape Canaveral.

However, here's to another happy landing.

Tags: , , , ,

We welcome readers to submit letters regarding articles and content in Orlando Weekly. Letters should be a minimum of 150 words, refer to content that has appeared on Orlando Weekly, and must include the writer's full name, address, and phone number for verification purposes. No attachments will be considered. Writers of letters selected for publication will be notified via email. Letters may be edited and shortened for space.

Email us at

Orlando Weekly works for you, and your support is essential.

Our small but mighty local team works tirelessly to bring you high-quality, uncensored news and cultural coverage of Central Florida.

Unlike many newspapers, ours is free – and we'd like to keep it that way, because we believe, now more than ever, everyone deserves access to accurate, independent coverage of their community.

Whether it's a one-time acknowledgement of this article or an ongoing pledge, your support helps keep Orlando’s true free press free.


Never miss a beat

Sign Up Now

Subscribe now to get the latest news delivered right to your inbox.

Read the Digital Print Issue

April 14, 2021

View more issues


© 2021 Orlando Weekly

Website powered by Foundation