Musk ambition: SpaceX aim for fully reusable Falcon 9
SpaceX chief Elon Musk has spoke of his desire to make Falcon 9 the first fully reusable launch vehicle, which he would â€œloveâ€ to include a flyback first stage. Musk also noted he is aiming for Falcon 9 to launch in under 60 minutes from the moment they leave their hangers.
Musk was speaking to an audience at the AIAA Aerospace Sciences Meeting a few days ago, in a speech entitled â€œThe Future of Space Launch: Where Weâ€™re Going and How to Get There.â€
SpaceX is coming off the back of an encouraging conclusion to 2008, with the successful Flight 4 of their Falcon I launch vehicle, and progress towards the 2009 flight of their Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Space X also won 46 percent of NASAâ€™s $.3.5 billion dollar Commercial Resupply Services (CRS) contract.