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Gullies on Mars - NASA/JPL
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SpaceX Making Progress on Return and Reuse of Falcon 9 Booster

SpaceX has made development of "fully and rapidly" reusable rocket vehicles its number one long term goal. The cost of getting to space will drop by more than a factor of ten with such vehicles. The company is developing the reusable rockets incrementally, starting with flying the first stage of the Falcon 9 rocket back for landing either on a floating platform or all the way back to the launch site, depending on the amount of fuel margin available for a particular payload and its orbti.

The company has been testing the fly-back of the booster following separation from the upper stage, which goes on to do its job of putting a Dragon capsule or other payload into orbit. Here is a video of a booster flying back to a soft landing onto the ocean surface during a launch in July of 2014:


The first return and soft landing of a Falcon 9 booster onto a sea platform could happen as soon as the spring of 2015.

The Falcon Heavy uses three boosters and this video shows how all three will return for soft landings at the launch site:


The Dragon cargo and Dragon crew capsules are also intended to return to the launch site for reuse. Currently there is no plan to make the upper stage of the Falcon 9 reusable. Instead, the company will do that on the next generation launch vehicle, which will use a more efficient engine that will provide the fuel margins needed to make it economically feasible.

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