tech crunch: The re-flight, scheduled to take place late this year, will mark the next big milestone on SpaceX’s path toward rocket reusability. by Emily Calandrelli
'To date, Elon Musk’s rocket company has recovered six Falcon 9 boosters, but hasn’t re-flown any of them.
'SpaceX confirmed to TechCrunch that the rocket that will be reflown was the one recovered on a drone ship during the CRS-8 mission to the International Space Station in April. This was SpaceX’s first successful recovery of a rocket on a drone ship.
'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.
'In fact, SES has a history of placing their trust in SpaceX. 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.'