The company has scheduled the launch of a refurbished Falcon 9 rocket for 2:10 p.m. from the Space Coast.
The rocket launched on Sunday at the company's Vandenberg Air Force base in California, two days after a Falcon 9 last used in January went into orbit to deploy another batch of satellites, says TechCrunch.
It was the second time SpaceX has used a flight-proven first stage on a mission.
Just a few minutes later, the rocket's first stage landed safely on a floating platform in the Atlantic Ocean.
Today's mission is called BulgariaSat1, and it involves SpaceX launching a Bulgarian communications satellite into geostationary orbit from Kennedy Space Center. If successful, it'll be the 13th time SpaceX has successfully landed one of these rocket stages, and the eighth time it's performed the feat at sea.
Shortly after the landing, he said that although the rocket was safe, it was worn out from the hard trek.
The almost back-to-back launches are a show of strength for the private space company, whose goal is to get more people in space. "They are redefining the 'cost to get to space, ' and all the other launch providers have had to take note and adjust their plans". Due to the fact that the Falcon 9 had to push the BulgariaSat-1 satellite into a higher orbit than usual, the booster was subjected to more heat and stresses during reentry.
The launch is the first to feature the use of new grid fins on the rocket's first stage, which steer the stage towards its landing site.
That being said, it could still be refined even more. The company is replacing its entire constellation with next-generation satellites. "Good chance rocket booster doesn't make it back", Musk said.