The Falcon 9 rocket to launch Friday at the Kennedy Space Center first flew at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in January.
Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully landed a used rocket on an unmanned droneship parked in the Atlantic ocean on Friday, marking the second time the serial entrepreneur's space transportation company has reached this milestone.
Then on Sunday, another SpaceX rocket will launch 10 communications satellites for a company called Iridium in California.
According to former Obama space policy advisor and SpaceX official Phil Larson, SpaceX has designed all of their hardware with rapid launch cadence in mind.
Making things even better is the fact that SpaceX is going to try and land the re-landed rocket when it's done launching the payload. 10 Iridium satellites will be onboard the Falcon9. Minutes later, it delivered Bulgaria's first telecommunications satellite into orbit some 22,230 miles above Earth.
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BulgariaSat-1 will be the 4th GTO comsat launch of 2017 and 15th GTO comsat launch overall for SpaceX.
He said SpaceX's ability to recover and relaunch boosters will lower costs across the industry and that "really is a big deal". Its next launch is scheduled just two days later, with the ramped-up cadence putting the company on track to achieve the 20 to 24 total missions it's targeting for the year. The Luxembourg-based company SES also has contracts to use three more flight-proven rockets.
The launch and landing was streamed on SpaceX's website. You can read our analysis here - though it doesn't account for rocket accidents, launch schedule delays, and the emergence of reusable-rocket competitors like Blue Origin.
The first out of the two historic missions by SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will be launched today at the Cape Canaveral launch complex in Florida. After tests and checkout, Zayakov said, the satellite should be ready to enter service in early August. The satellite will provide provide direct-to-home TV and data connections to different parts of Europe.