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SpaceX’s Shotwell: Reused Falcon 9 Boosters To Return Increasing Savings

6 April 2017
Space News reports that at the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said Wednesday that the cost of refurbishing the recovered Falcon 9 first stage used in last week’s launch “was substantially less than half” the cost of a new booster, and that the company expects greater savings for future launches as it increases refurbishment efficiencies. “We did way more on this one than we’re doing on future ones, of course,” she explained, reiterating that the company’s goal is “to refly a rocket within 24 hours. That’s when we’ll really feel like we’ve got reusability right.” Shotwell also noted that a payload fairing – which founder Elon Musk has said costs $6 million – recovered from the launch “looked pretty good.” (Image Credit: SpaceX via Wikimedia Commons)
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