Multi-angle replays of Falcon 9's liftoff from Cape Canaveral

Musk aims to make rockets as reusable as commercial aeroplanes bringing down the cost of spaceflight and boosting efficiency

Grapple and berthing to the space station is targeted for Wednesday before the spacecraft spends approximately one month attached to the station, returning to Earth in May with some results of completed experiments, as per the U.S. space agency.

Aside from the inherent benefits of gathering critical data ahead of the April 24 debut of Falcon 9 Block 5, a rapid reuse version of the booster that SpaceX is not likely to be keen on expending, exploring the limits of Falcon 9's ability to reenter Earth's atmosphere could enable a greater proportion of missions to be recoverable in the future.

2018 has already been incredibly busy for Elon Musk's SpaceX, but the launch schedule isn't slowing down yet.

Three days ago, in an effort to cover the Earth in powerful broadband internet, SpaceX blasted off 10 internet-providing satellites on a Falcon 9, a rocket created to transport cargo.

"Reusability is really important for the future of spaceflight", she said.

SpaceX successfully launched its resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS) on Monday. While the booster stuck an upright landing at SpaceX's "Landing Zone 1" at Cape Canaveral after its first launch, SpaceX did not attempt to land the booster today. (2,630 kilograms) of supplies and science experiments for the Expedition 55 crew, the Dragon cargo craft is scheduled to arrive at the ISS Wednesday (April 4) after a two-day orbital chase. The first stage safely separated and fell back to the Earth. It's expected to hit the Pacific Ocean off the coast of California.

The capsule was loaded with almost 2,600 kg of food and scientific equipment, including a study project to research the storms on Earth. These projects range from a test bed for growing plants to the new Veggie PONDS experiment for passive nutrient delivery. NASA will document the payload's arrival to the space station on its livestream NASA TV starting at 5:30 a.m. EDT.

Both companies aspire to build satellite constellations - clusters of thousands of small satellites that will deliver internet connectivity to the whole planet - but they have a few years to go before either of them is ready to blast off.

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