SpaceX set to launch 'used rocket'

SpaceX set to launch 'used rocket'

California's SpaceX company expects to make a piece of history later when it re-flies a Falcon rocket.

Traditionally, rockets are one-use only - all the elements of the vehicle are discarded in getting a satellite payload into orbit.

But SpaceX has become adept at landing its boosters safely back on Earth after a mission.

Now, the firm is ready to put one of these "flight proven" vehicles on the launch pad again.

The window for a lift-off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center opens at 18:27 EDT (22:27 GMT; 23:27 BST).


The satellite passenger is the property of the Luxembourg operator SES.



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