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SpaceX successfully launched and then retrieved its first recycled rocket Thursday, a historic feat and the biggest leap yet in its bid to drive down costs and speed up flights. It was the first time SpaceX founder Elon Musk tried to fly a booster that soared before on an orbital mission. Musk foresees dozens if not hundreds of repeat flights for a booster and rocket turnarounds of as little as 24 hours, perhaps by next year.SpaceX refurbished and tested the 15-story booster, still sporting its nine original engines.SpaceX began flying back the Falcon's first-stage, kerosene-fueled boosters in 2015; it's since landed eight boosters, three at Cape Canaveral and five on ocean platforms – actually, six times at sea counting Thursday's redo.Musk said this day was 15 years in coming and that, all told, the reusability effort has cost the company at least $1 billion, which will take time to recoup.A SES spacecraft was on board for SpaceX's first commercial satellite launch in 2013 .Key to all of this, according to Musk, is the rapid, repeating turnaround of rockets – and employees.
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