Next week, SpaceX will push ahead with its bold recycling program, foreign media reported. The company plans to launch a fleet of Starlink satellites using the Falcon 9 rocket, which is understood to have flown three times before and will use a rectifier that was launched in April.
SpaceX has been reusing the Falcon 9 booster for several years, but the Falcon 9 booster, scheduled for launch Monday at Cape Canaveral, Florida, will be the first to make four space flights. The rectifier — also known as the nose cone — acts as a protective payload as the rocket flies over the atmosphere, which will be the first time SpaceX has recycled the shroud. The shroud is believed to have been used during the Arab Sat-6A mission in April, when the Falcon Heavy rocket successfully launched a huge communications satellite.
Re-using the different components of SpaceX’s launch system is part of the aerospace agency’s efforts to reduce the cost of space travel, which will attract more companies to fund Musk’s goal of landing on Mars. Musk said the next generation of starships and super-weight boosters the company is developing for Mars and beyond will eventually be fully reusable.
“With the rectifier recycled, about 80 percent of the Falcon rocket is now recyclable, but it will take a few days to refly and will take the ship to fly again,” Musk wrote on Twitter on Monday. The Starship will be fully reusable and re-fly every few hours as possible, and the spacecraft will re-ignite every eight hours. And there is no need for a boat. “