NASA confirms next Dragon launch will be on used first stage


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Capitalism in space: NASA today confirmed that it has finally approved the use of a Falcon 9 used first stage for the next Dragon launch on December 8.

NASA had said back on November 12 that they were considering this idea. It seems to me that SpaceX has probably been proceeding under the assumption they would say yes, which essentially at this point, only a few weeks from launch, put pressure on the timid NASA bureaucracy to finally get on the bandwagon.

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  • ken anthony

    I find it difficult to predict the repercussions if this launch which like all has some chance of going bad does in fact.

    Overall I don’t think it would have too much impact, but it would be unfortunate.

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