SpaceX’s Reusable Rocket: The ‘Holy Grail’ of Space Flight?
WASHINGTON — SpaceX’s historic landing of a reusable rocket booster sets the stage for a new era in US access to space and likely marks the beginning of the end of the disposable launcher.
This extraordinary achievement lays the groundwork for a revolution in the launch services market, analysts contend. SpaceX’s demonstration of a reusable rocket in late December potentially drives down the cost of space launch to unprecedented levels, leaving its competitors scrambling to catch up.
“If this is the beginning of a new era in terms of using reusable rockets more as a rule rather than the exception, then you are potentially revolutionizing the launch services market,” said Marco Caceres, Teal Group director of space studies.
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