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World's First Reflight of an Orbital Class Rocket
In March 2017, SpaceX achieved the world’s first reflight of an orbital class rocket. SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launched a geosynchronous communications satellite on March 30, 2017, from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The first stage for the mission previously supported a space station cargo resupply launch for NASA in April 2016. Following stage separation, the first stage successfully returned to Earth for a second time, landing on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic ocean. This successful reflight represents a historic milestone on the road to full and rapid rocket reusability.