Reusable Launchers See “Growing Acceptance” In Market Written 24 May 2018

Space News reports that both SpaceX and its competitors are “seeing a growing acceptance of reusable vehicles in the overall market.” SpaceX Senior Director for Government Business Development Josh Brost, speaking at the Space Tech Expo conference, stated that SpaceX is working with “other government entities” about using previously flown boosters, which likely includes the US Air Force. SpaceX has flown 12 missions using refurbished first-stage boosters, many for commercial customers “enticed at least in part by the modest discounts SpaceX has offered.” Brost anticipates that once Block V rockets achieve a 10-flight goal without requiring significant maintenance, more government and commercial customers will be willing to fly on the rockets. Blue Origin New Glenn Commercial Sales Director Ariane Cornell described reusability as “central to our design and our philosophy from the very beginning.”
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