Iridium to rely on used SpaceX boosters for next two launches
Iridium Communications says its next two launches of new-generation satellites will use refurbished SpaceX Falcon 9 first-stage boosters that have flown previously.
The announcement Thursday is another step in SpaceX's effort to reduce launch costs.
The company has launched a few used boosters and is trying to expand acceptance of reusability across the industry.
Hawthorne, California-based SpaceX has had successful landings of Falcon 9 first stages after launches from both coasts.
The McLean, Virginia, company says insurers confirmed there is no increase in premiums for "flight-proven" rocket use.
Thirty new satellites are in orbit and the fourth launch is scheduled for Dec. 22 at Vandenberg Air Force Base, California.
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