SpaceX successfully launched its first recycled rocket Thursday, the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights.
The Falcon 9 blasted off from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, hoisting a broadcasting satellite into the clear early evening sky on the historic rocket reflight.
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It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to fly a booster that soared before on an orbital mission. Musk called it an "incredible milestone in the history of space" after the booster landed on the bull's-eye of the ocean platform following liftoff, just off the east Florida coast.
Musk added: "This is going to be a huge revolution in spaceflight."
Associated Press 2017