SpaceX Reusable Dragons. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
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SpaceX Reusables for NASA. Bob Zimmerman, BehindtheBlack.com
NASA considering using used first stages for Dragon cargo launches
June 5, 2017 at 11:15 am Robert Zimmerman
Capitalism in space: With SpaceX’s successful launch on June 3 of a used Dragon cargo capsule to ISS, NASA is now considering using used Falcon 9 first stages for later cargo missions.
“That question has been posed,” Ven Feng, manager of the ISS Transportation Integration Office at NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston, said during a post-launch press conference Saturday. “We are looking at it,” he added. “We’re evaluating every aspect of it very carefully, and there is no schedule yet when we might go down that path.”
NASA officials made the same kind of cautious statements several years ago when SpaceX proposed flying a used Dragon capsule. In other words, they are going to do it, it just takes the bureaucracy time to mull the idea over and finally accept it.