SpaceX will, for the first time ever, launch a rocket Thursday night that has a first stage booster that Elon Musk’s commercial space company has successfully launched and landed previously.
Static fire test complete. Targeting Thursday, March 30 for Falcon 9 launch of SES-10. pic.twitter.com/0tZ7u6gngI
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) March 27, 2017
The Falcon 9 launch, SES-10, is scheduled for 6:27 pm eastern time from the Kennedy Space Center and SpaceX is providing both a technical and hosted stream.
SES-10 Technical Webcast
SES-10 Hosted Webcast
SES-10 is carrying a satellite for Luxembourg-based communications company SES who was given a discount for using the “flight proven” booster.
The booster stage, last used in a launch last April to resupply the International Space Station, is expected to be recovered tonight and reused in future Falcon 9 launches.
Flights using reused first-stage boosters are estimated to cost 30% less than those with all-new components.