Space-X had some spectaculars failures, but a 50-meter section of this booster rocket went into space previous year, and then successfully landed on a platform at sea so it could fly again.
Carrying a communications satellite, the Falcon 9 rocket lifted-off at around 18:27 EDT yesterday, marking a vital milestone for the company in its quest for rocket re-usability.
The historic event could make the company's CEO, Elon Musk's vision of human residences beyond earth, in reach.
The first stage represents the most expensive part of the rocket, according to Musk.
"This is going to be ultimately a huge revolution in spaceflight". SpaceX began flying back the Falcon's first-stage, kerosene-fueled boosters in 2015; it's since landed eight boosters, three at Cape Canaveral and five on ocean platforms actually, six times at sea counting Thursday's redo.More news: NFL Free Agency: Dolphins sign safety T.J. McDonald
"It's its own little spacecraft", Musk said.
Musk, who said this day was 15 years in the making, compared using a rocket once to throwing away an airplane after one flight.
Mr Musk's U.S. aerospace company, SpaceX, successfully launched the Falcon 9 rocket at Florida's historic Kennedy Space Centre on Thursday.
Two years later - and after an unfortunate 2016 - SpaceX made history again by launching and landing Falcon 9 with a recycled booster. It turns out, SpaceX also managed to recover a $6 million nose cone, as well. But if it is successful, this could prove to be a stepping stone toward the company's desire to reuse entire rockets.
A CNN report informed, "SpaceX's current equipment consists of the Falcon 9 two-stage rocket system and the Dragon payload and crew module". "The first reflight of an orbital class booster did its mission perfectly, dropped off the second stage, came back and landed on the droneship, right in the bullseye". Currently, millions of dollars' worth of rocket parts are jettisoned after each launch. That is an incredible technical feat, but what has everyone's attention is the fact hundreds of millions of dollars can be saved by reusing rockets. One of the key requirements to make that happen is to develop a robust and reliable technology that reuses the rocket components.
On September 12, 1962, President John F. Kennedy gave an inspiring speech at Rice University, my alma mater, where he said, "We choose to go to the moon in this decade. not because (it is) easy, but because (it is) hard".