SpaceX Eyes Spaceport America for Testing Recovered Boosters

Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)
Falcon 9 launch (Credit: SpaceX)

NASASpaceflight.com reports SpaceX is eying its test site at Spaceport America for putting recovered Falcon 9 first stages through their paces:

The New Mexico spaceport will host the recovered booster – potentially the core stage from the upcoming CRS-6 mission, if recovered – for an additional flight to find hardware limits, paving the way for the first full reuse of a stage during a future launch in 2016….

Those tests will be used to find hardware limits, such as how many cycles can be put on a stage, while the second successfully recovered booster would provide the role of qualification testing.

Should the recovery efforts progress, the first launch of a reused booster is likely to occur in late 2016.

Another major milestone in the reusability path will be a stage returning to land, with the earliest planned attempt – should all testing go to plan ahead of the mission – being the Jason-3 launch in the summer.

This would result in the stage returning for a landing at SLC-4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. This will be at the mercy of SpaceX’s confidence levels, and a second ASDS, based on the West Coast, has already been confirmed.

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  • Gary Church

    I am sure now that you have started cyberstalking me there will be much more for you to achieve. I have been through this so many times and I instantly recognize creeps like you when you join my fan club.

  • mfck

    That was about 2.5ch… Does your fan club has a souvenir store? I’d love to get my morning SpaceX news fix sipping coffee from a mug with an appropriate quote from you…

  • Gary Church

    Here’s your quote:

    When insulted and harassed I make it a point to expose it
    with a reply. Like the cartoonists at Charlie Hebdo, I understand being silent or respectful to thugs is useless. Over the years I notice fighting back has the effect of inciting a dogpile and putting all the disgusting NewSpace bullies and their tactics on display. It also has the effect of eventually getting me banned as moderators show their bias or take the cowardly way out and silence me- instead of the foul mouth creeps who latch on to me. This is how NewSpace sycophants have hijacked space forums over the years and it’s lower than whale poop. That’s what you are.

  • mfck

    It’s too long for a mug, dude. Try another.

    Your drivel is hardly insulting, Gary, you should stop trying to do that. It’s not you. If anything, I feel sorry for you. And a bit amused.

    Good luck winning the space forums back from… us?

  • Gary Church

    Ya “dude”, drip with contempt and be amused. That’s what kind of low-life creeps NewSpace is made up of. That’s what you are so how could you be insulted?

  • mfck

    Yeah, contempt of wasteful inefficiencies and amused by self righteous denial… I wonder how we got here. Any ideas, Gary?

  • Gary Church

    I have an idea you are just babbling now and not saying anything.

  • mfck

    Naturally, it’s reply thread to your post, after all 😉