If successful, the launch would mark an important SpaceX milestone on the way to rocket reusability, which could slash costs of space travel as rockets become more like airplanes.
“If you can get to space more economically, then it opens a frontier for what you can do in terms of scientific research, exploration and sending humans and robots to other worlds,” said Phil Larson, a former White House advisor on space and innovation and SpaceX senior manager.
Right now the company’s Falcon 9 rocket costs $54 million. But fuel for each mission only costs $200,000, SpaceX said on its website.
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