The SES-10 satellite will provide television broadcast and telecommunication services to Mexico, Central America, South America and the Caribbean.
Space X static test-fire of the SES-10 Falcon 9 completed successfully, it wrote in a Twitter post.
In addition to dramatically reducing the costs of space flight, reusable rockets could enable easier exploration of deeper space.
If all goes according to plan, this will be the first-ever orbital mission achieved with the help of a used rocket.
SpaceX is also working on a much larger launch system dubbed Falcon Heavy.
It took them many years and several failed attempts to land a Falcon 9 booster on a ship on April 8, 2016 - the same one that will be re-used for Thursday's launch. After flying more than 4,000 miles per hour and descending from about 460,000 feet, the first stage of the Falcon 9 used small thrusters to align itself for landing and then fired its main engines to slow as it reentered the atmosphere, landing on the autonomous drone ship Of Course I Still Love You in the Atlantic Ocean. With a goal of reusing boosters 15 to 20 times each, this brings the cost of launching satellites, resupplying ISS, and eventually sending people up atop a SpaceX rocket a lot more affordable. Finally, after months of testing, SpaceX plans to make one of its refurbished Falcon 9 rockets do just that.
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The hold down engine test with the erected rocket involved the ignition of all nine Merlin 1D first stage engines generating some 1.7 million pounds of thrust at pad 39A while the two stage rocket was restrained on the pad.
SES chief technology officer Martin Halliwell told journalists Tuesday that the decision to use a pre-flown rocket came down to "tremendous transparency" between the satellite provider and the commercial launch company.
"I think the whole industry is looking", he said. After nearly a year of delays SpaceX has finally decided on a date, March 30th.
Gwynne Shotwell, SpaceX CEO said that reusing boosters could give its customers a 30 percent discount on a Falcon 9 rocket launch, which now costs up to $62 million.
On Thursday, there's a very big chance history will be made.
"We could open the space frontier", says Braun, who added that reusing the entire rocket would mean even greater cost savings. NASA, too, has recused rocket boosters for launching shuttles in the past, but these used solid boosters instead of ones with liquid fuel, and costs ended up being prohibitive regardless. In fact, he said, the rocket was deemed in such good shape it's virtually identical to a new booster, other than being "a bit sooty" after its fiery return to Earth.