SES and SpaceX make history with the launch and landing of a used rocket
On 30 March, SpaceX successfully launched a used Falcon9s into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying a communications satellite for the company SES, which is headquartered in Luxembourg. SES-10 will deliver communications services to Latin America. The launch was historic for the aerospace industry as it was the first time that an orbital rocket, or a part of it – the rocket booster, has launched to space for a second time. The booster landed successfully again after the launch. Reusability of rockets or rocket parts will be important in bringing down the cost of space launch.
SES and SpaceX have also partnered for another launch : SES-16/GovSat, a Government satellite ordered by LuxGovSat, a joint venture between the Luxembourg government and SES, which will offer dedicated military frequencies for multiple government-specific missions, including NATO missions, will be launched by SpaceX in the course of the second half of 2017.