Reusability is revolutionizing the economics of spaceflight

Reusability is revolutionizing the economics of spaceflight

One of the things that has happened special in 2015 is the arrival of reusable rockets. Space X’s Elon Musk predicts that the reusable rocket will reduce the cost of accessing space by at least hundredfold. SpaceX and Blue Origin, both have succeeded in landing rocket back on earth, but in different zones.

On December 21, SpaceX has returned its 15-storey booster rocket upright and in intact form to a landing pad at a Cape Canaveral. It was big feat and one of the factors was a $60 million worth machinery was recovered.

Blue Origin, a privately owned company created by Jeff Bezos, has launched and landed its own booster rocket for a suborbital flight. Indeed, both the events are considered to have marked the start of a new era in spaceflight.

Now, Musk thinks that cost reduction is one of the advantages of the reusable rockets. But as per expects, there are a number of factors dependent on it including whether the wear and tear and stresses of the launch requires the renovation that may prove costly. But then also, it is being said that reusability will bring a massive transformation in the economics of spaceflight.

Reusability factor has also given birth to increased competition, privatization and multiplicity of independent actors and visionary entrepreneurs. But one thing has to be kept in mind that the industry can never be completely free from the control of the government. One of its examples is landing of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket on a Cape Canaveral pad formerly used to launch Air Force Atlas rockets.

One of the other greater benefits of it would be restoring America as a spacefaring nation. With time, privatization is increasing and its decisions are no longer being dictated by the government. Space has now entered into the era of Tesla, Edison and the Wright brothers.

In a statement provided to inverse, this means two things. Russia’s leaders are willing to take aerospace cues from an overtly American and capitalist enterprise. And the very notion of a “space race” as something exacted by sovereign states is kaput.

After all, Rogozin is smart to look to Musk as a precedent-setting sage. SpaceX made waves for much of this year, cementing lucrative NASA contracts and vertically landing an enormous rocket ship after blasting off into orbital space. The company will also send astronauts to the International Space Station in 2017.

In other news Engadget reported, as a reminder of one of 2015's greatest accomplishments, SpaceX founder Elon Musk posted one more picture
(embedded below) of the record setting Falcon 9 rocket it launched to space and then landed again at Cape Canaveral. Now the rocket is back in its hangar and after showing no damage from its trip, is "ready to fire again." That bodes well for future launches, but it's unlikely to happen for this unit. After the historic event, Musk told reporters "we will probably keep this one on the ground," and after testing will put it "somewhere." There's no word on which museum the rocket will end up in, but hopefully Musk knows our mantel is available.

The launch and landing in Cape Canaveral, Florida, were the first from the private USA spaceflight company since its rocket exploded on liftoff in June. The feat is being hailed as a game changer for the space industry. SpaceX has tried this landing twice before-once in January and again in April. "We made history today". All 11 were successfully deployed, NorthstarNational reported.

"Here she comes back", OrbComm chief executive officer Marc Eisenberg said via Twitter. A snapped strut was to blame - but the company spent months correcting the problem. US space agency NASA retweeted a posting from _*SpaceX*_, writing: "Congratulations @_*SpaceX*_ on your successful vertical landing of the first stage