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Reusable Rockets and the Dawn of the Next Space Age

Rod D. Martin
Board of Contributors
Feb 20, 2018 | 08:00 GMT
The Falcon Heavy, a fully reusable rocket from SpaceX, takes off from a launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 6, 2018.

The Falcon Heavy, a fully reusable rocket from SpaceX, takes off from a launchpad at the Kennedy Space Center on Feb. 6, 2018.

(JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

When Tesla founder Elon Musk and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos began testing reusable rockets, few understood the significance of what they were trying to achieve. Now that Musk's company SpaceX is routinely re-launching used Falcon 9 boosters -- not to mention the Falcon Heavy, which launched Feb. 6 with three times the payload of the space shuttle -- the feat seems practically mundane. It's the new normal. But these launches are nothing short of extraordinary. The rise of reusable rockets is a revolution on par with the invention of the sail or the steam engine: It will change everything....

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