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    The Falcon 9 carrier rocket with the SES-10 satellite has been successfully launched and the rocket’s refurbished first stage has landed on a drone ship, SpaceX has announced.

    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – The launch was the first attempt by SpaceX at sending the well-known Falcon 9 rocket back to space — and since, it's already been there back in April 2016, when it delivered necessary supplies to the crew of the International Space Station (ISS), it's been labeled as "recycled."

    ​"Falcon 9 first stage has landed on Of Course I Still Love You [drone ship] — world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket," SpaceX wrote on its official Twitter page on Thursday, minutes after it announced the liftoff of Falcon 9.

    The Falcon 9 rocket with the SES-10 communications satellite was launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on Thursday afternoon (22:27 GMT).

    SpaceX CEO Elon Musk called the first successful reuse of a Falcon 9 first stage on Thursday a "revolution" in space flights, explaining that the booster is the most expensive part of a carrier rocket.

    The first stage reflown on Thursday was first used in April 2016, during a resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). Then, the Flacon 9 rocket was launched from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida and its first stage successfully landed on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship.

    SpaceX started experimenting with drone ship landings in 2015. After the successful drone ship landing in April 2016, Musk said that the Flacon 9 booster could be used for 10-20 more flights and with the help of some modifications, it could fly up to 100 times.


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