The satellite operator SES has its eyes set on the used SpaceX rocket.
The SES SA is ready to buy a used Falcon 9 rocket from Elon Musk’s SpaceX. This purchase is for the purpose of a future launch. A spokesperson of the buying company said that they would have no problem in operating a used rocket during the first stage of its journey.
As long as its fit to fly there ought not to be any issues whatsoever. On the other hand, SpaceX is on its toes as regards the flying of an SES satellite from Cape Canaveral.
Currently the Luxembourg-based SES and SpaceX are in parleys discussing the price of the reusable rocket owned by the latter. SpaceX wants $61 million for the rocket. Its previous attempt at landing a reusable rocket was a success.
Due to the SES satellite’s extreme weight, the rocket which will take off this week will race into space at double ths speed of the previous one. Since the speed of the rocket could not be buffered, SpaceX will land it in on a platform in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean.
So far, three previous oceanic landings have been attempted by SpaceX. All of them were unsuccessful and ended in the exploding of the rockets.
SES has a fleet of 53 satellites, according to Reuters. Three more of its satellites are scheduled to be flown atop SpaceX rockets all the way into the year 2017. This is all part and parcel of SpaceX’s recovery from its many failures in the past.
However, failures are stepping stones to success. As for SES officials, they say that the rocket along with the satellite carrying a heavy load of cargo are already a year late in their mission into outer space.
Someone said that the test of a company’s patience and perseverance lies in how its execs react during adversity and hardship. It is not when they are minting money that their reality can be gauged.
Rather during times of trouble, every inch of their solidity is tested to the breaking point. SpaceX is one such agency which likes to experiment and it has met many failures in the past.
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However, these failures have only goaded it to reach for the skies both literally and metaphorically. SpaceX’s efforts at lowering the costs of space travel by reusing its rockets is a laudable scheme. It just might work in the future times as well.