Musk: Falcon 9 rocket is ready to fire again after landing

It will probably go on display instead, but SpaceX will test it to make sure it could go again if need be.

Craig Hall | Jan 25, 2016

It's certainly been quite a year for Elon Musk and SpaceX, and 2016 should be just as exciting. One of the last announcements of the last year showed just how incredible 2015 is -- on Dec. 30, Musk said the Falcon 9 rocket they had just landed was ready to fire again.

Musk posted a photo of the rocket as it say parked in its hangar at Cape Canaveral in Florida, noting that there had been no damage in the landing, according to an NBC News report.

The landing is an incredible feat that could save the space industry untold billions, allowing it to reuse rocket launchers rather than dumping them into the sea after a launch.

The Falcon 9 rocket successsfully delivered 11 communications satellites into orbit on Dec. 21, and meanwhile the first-stage booster descended back to Earth and landed upright and intact on the launch pad.

Although it's ready to go again, this particular rocket won't ever fire off again. Instead, it will probably end up on display, because Musk sees it as a significant thing that could change everything going forward, and the public should be allowed to check it out. They will confirm with some tests that it can fly again, however.

SpaceX was founded 14 years ago by Musk, a former founder of PayPal as well as Tesla motors. In creating the company, Musk was intent on developing technologies that would reduce the cost of space transportation and help realize a goal of colonizing Mars, leading to the development of the Falcon 1 and Falcon 9 launch vehicles. SpaceX launched Falcon 1 into orbit for the first time in 2008.

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