SpaceX successfully launches first recycled rock

SpaceX successfully launches first recycled rock

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