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SpaceX 2017 Rocket Launches Scheduled Every 2 or 3 Weeks

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By    |   Wednesday, 08 Feb 2017 11:41 AM

SpaceX in 2017 will be launching payload-carrying rockets into space at a record rate – as many as one every two or three weeks.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp., known as SpaceX, will be launching its Falcon 9 rockets faster than ever before, but it's waiting on a new launch pad that’s expected to be ready for use at their Florida launch site by next week, reported Reuters.

“We should be launching every two to three weeks,” SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell said in an interview with Reuters.

SpaceX started launching its rockets in 2010, and launching rockets at such a rate is expected to cut down on the cost of space travel, according to the Christian Science Monitor.

“SpaceX believes a fully and rapidly reusable rocket is the pivotal breakthrough needed to substantially reduce the cost of space access,” according to the company’s website. “A rapidly reusable space launch vehicle could reduce the cost of traveling to space by a hundredfold.”

According to a 2016 report by Jefferies International LLC, by using reusable rockets, SpaceX could save an upwards of $25 million or more.

This announcement comes just five months after SpaceX found itself in headlines for other reasons.

At the time, a SpaceX rocket erupted into a blaze on an older launch pad during a preflight test, damaging the pad and destroying an Israeli satellite that was valued at $200 million, Reuters noted.

Since the explosion, SpaceX has only launched one rocket, and that was in January.

According to Tech Spot, SpaceX could be the gateway for astronauts to be able to get from the Space Station by the latter part of 2018.

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