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SES eager to fly satellite aboard used Falcon 9 rocket | Spaceflight Now

In one of the strongest public endorsements of SpaceX’s initiative to put a reusable launcher on the commercial market, a top official from satellite communications giant SES said Tuesday that the company wants to fly one of its pricey payloads on a used Falcon 9 rocket, perhaps even without a test flight.

Martin Halliwell, chief technology officer for Luxembourg-based SES, told reporters at Cape Canaveral that the telecom satellite operator has “challenged” SpaceX to allow it to be first in line to fly a spacecraft on a previously flown Falcon 9 rocket.

SpaceX is experimenting with recovering spent boosters following Falcon 9 launches, and engineers achieved the first successful landing of a Falcon 9 first stage minutes after a liftoff from Cape Canaveral in December.

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