Author Topic: When will reused first stages be the majority of launches?  (Read 22176 times)

Offline Comga

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Re: When will reused first stages be the majority of launches?
« Reply #60 on: 12/03/2018 10:13 PM »
Until they re-use more than once, the number cannot be >50% for any sustainable time ...

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And now the third flight, second reuse has happened with SSO-A.

Posting here as it seems like a good place to discuss it:

Interesting factoid from Eric Berger:

SpaceX has now landed half of the rockets (first stages) they have launched.

https://twitter.com/SciGuySpace/status/1069663195311280128

The "half" is the number of landings vs launches, not half the boosters, but if all goes well tomorrow, the majority of SpaceX Falcon 9 first stages will have been recovered intact.  Expendatility has become the exception to the rule.

So far this year SpaceX has launched 8 new first stages and 13 re-used first stages.
The answer to the original question in the op, for SpaceX, is "2018"
What kind of wastrels would dump a perfectly good booster in the ocean after just one use?

Offline david1971

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Re: When will reused first stages be the majority of launches?
« Reply #61 on: 12/04/2018 12:36 AM »
So far this year SpaceX has launched 8 new first stages and 13 re-used first stages.
The answer to the original question in the op, for SpaceX, is "2018"

A year ahead of 2019, which was the date targeted by many in the thread...

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