Thanks to SpaceX from Elon Musk, rocket costs could soon drop to about 100 times less than the current value. From the beginning, Elon Musk emphasized the importance of creating and using reusable rockets, in order to preserve the environment and resources, as well as the existence of a drastic reduction of costs.
It took several years of hard work so that SpaceX was able to reuse a rocket, something that was only witnessed back in March of this year, and shortly afterwards, two rockets were launched with reused propellants on the same weekend.
SpaceX is a leader and pioneer in rocket reuse, but so far only a few parts were reused, including the propellers, but Elon Musk considers that is crucial to achieve the reuse of most of the rocket in order to achieve more interesting values per flight.
Musk said that the simple fact of reusing the top of the rocket as well and part of the fuselage would reduce the launch costs by about 100 times. Most of the problem of reusing the fuselage is due to re-entry into the atmosphere, which occurs at a very high speed, exerting a very high stress level on the materials, thus rendering it useless to be part of the rocket.
To circumvent the situation, Elon Musk intends to resort to directional thrusters and parachutes, and has announced that he will try to recover the upper part of the rocket during the experimental Falcon Heavy flight scheduled for November.
Although large sums are needed to perfect this system, as soon as it is possible to reuse the rocket as a whole, the financial return from the savings will be huge, and will finally allow the start of a new and exciting era of space exploration.