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It’s official, SES will be first company to launch on a used SpaceX rocket

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Michelle Briggs
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Luxembourg based satellite company SES announced today that they ve made an agreement with SpaceX to be the first company to launch a payload on a used Falcon 9 rocket.

The re-flight, scheduled to take place late this year, will mark the next big milestone on SpaceX s path toward rocket reusability.

To date, Elon Musk s rocket company has recovered six Falcon 9 boosters, but hasn t re-flown any of them.

Since the beginning of the year, SES, the world s largest commercial operator of geostationary satellites, had expressed their strong desire to be the first company to fly a payload on a SpaceX used rocket.

They were the first commercial satellite operator to launch with SpaceX in 2013 on a launch that was the company s first mission to geostationary orbit.

On that particular mission, SpaceX attempted to return their first stage to a drone ship, but was unsuccessful.

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