WATCH | SpaceX launches a recycled rocket into space
The private space company headed by Elon Musk made history on Thursday evening after it successfully launched a recycled rocket into space from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, according to the Associated Press. The Falcon 9 blasted into the sky hoisting a broadcasting satellite.
The successful launch of the recycled rocket is one step closer to bringing down the costs of space travel.
Chief technology officer Martin Halliwell underscored the importance of Thursday's flight.
He called it "a big step for everybody - something that's never, ever been done before."
Boosters are typically discarded following liftoff and sink into the Atlantic Ocean. But Halliwell said engineers carefully inspected the booster after its original takeoff in April 2016.
There's no slowing down for SpaceX anytime soon. The private company aims to launch up to six reused rockets this year.