‘equal reliability for reused booster’

A Falcon 9 first stage touchdown after the June launch of a Dragon cargo spacecraft. NASA has accredited utilizing that stage for the Dec. eight launch of one other Dragon from Kennedy Space Center. (SpaceX picture)

WASHINGTON DC (SpaceInformation.com) — NASA officers stated Nov. 29 that they’ve given their approval, as anticipated, to SpaceX’s use of a previously-flown Falcon 9 first stage on the following Dragon cargo mission to the International Space Station.

Speaking at a gathering of the human exploration and operations committee of the NASA Advisory Council on the Kennedy Space Center, Sam Scimemi, director of the International Space Station at NASA Headquarters, stated the Dec. eight launch of a cargo resupply mission generally known as SpX-13 will use the booster from the June launch of one other Dragon mission, SpX-11.

“This first stage we’ve checked out very rigorously,” he stated. “We know precisely what occurred to this specific booster.”

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NASA Green-Lights Previously-Flown Falcon 9 First Stage For Dragon Launch To ISS Dec. eight by: Elie Abi Younes published:

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