How many times can the Falcon 9 be reused?

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Since the first succesful Falcon 9 landing in 2015, SpaceX have drastically cut the cost of spaceflight by landing and reusing multple boosters. In this video, we look at what goes into refurbishing the Falcon 9 and how it will eventually be replaced by the cheaper and more reusable Starship.

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Comments: 100
  1. Jack Megaro

    How is a comparison in turnover time between the Shuttle and Falcon 9 significant given NASA has MUCH more resources than SpaceX and the Shuttle was a financial failure?

  2. Sp3z

    I have to say that I don’t understand the scenario where Starship replaces the Falcon 9. SpaceX already has a low demand for its Falcon Heavy as there are very few payloads that require that kind of a lifting capability. It seems inefficient to launch 5 tons to LEO with a rocket capable to lifting +100 tons.

  3. A Well Dressed Male Papaya

    big zeks

  4. Thomas Bensler

    Does Skillshare teach rocket science?

  5. flamencoprof

    I have noticed the reusability thing is hampered by the fact that SpaceX are constantly re-designing as they go. Thus, the newer designs get launch precedence due to SpaceX’s desire to utilise the flights to prove better performance. Three launches is a fantastic improvement over single-use, but I feel they will want to keep up the design improvement trajectory for a while yet. I have noticed they tend to use the older models for high payload missions where recovery is less likely.

  6. Re

    I don’t think he answered the question. Just talked about refurbishment time.

  7. Cool

    another transition comment,,,

  8. Tom Pratt

    spacex ready ufo?

  9. King Slushie101

    I can’t wait until the space industry takes off and asteroid mining becomes a real thing!

  10. Raymond Licon

    Nice Segway. Lol

  11. Shoorit

    How many times is a piece of string.

  12. Dandan Pasicaran

    Damn nice transition

  13. Nunya _

    Legs don’t have to be removed anymore since like a year ago…and, turn around re-usability is a process and a goal. Not something they’ve put 10 years of testing into. It’s their goal and I think will make it or come closer than NASA♥ ever did.

  14. Eric Schmitz

    Maybe a little higher bitrate next vid?

  15. Erik Bongers

    Answer starts at 3:44.

  16. Deformeds

    5:15 pičkeeeee :D

  17. Roman Derkach

    It’s just a huge scam in your face!
    But think for 1 second: spaceflight exists for 60 years and now comes a “self thought” rocket scientist /billionaire that makes space flight costs only for a fraction than any space agency around the globe!
    An engine to last 1000 flights without any major inspection??? What is this sh*t. And looking on the used falcon 9 rockets, I am a bit sceptic. They do not not look quite good.
    Sure Elon landed some falcon 9s but he wasn’t the first to do so,but he reused his rockets. Well not quite…
    You see the reused ones were first refurbished making it almost a completely new rocket and second these refurbished ones were only used for testing! Not a single mission was performed with them. So what exactly does spacex make so unique?

  18. Jashak

    waht an amazing transition

  19. AttiX :D

    Its funny how Skillshare is everywhere.
    Good video. Very exciting

  20. nobody important

    I can hear the environment taking a theatrical gulp at the impeding generation of vacuous teenagers travelling the world for breakfast, lunch and dinner just to get some upvotes.

  21. EnDSchultz

    You pointed out that part of the refurbishment time is due to rigorous inspections because they don’t have enough data to really know the life cycle or MTBF of the components. This is always going to be an uphill struggle for space flight and part of why spacecraft will never have the reusability or turnaround of aircraft. An aircraft fleet can accrue millions of aggregate flight hours in a short time because of the scale of the market and how many are flying. Second, the life cycle and operating regime of a space craft is orders of magnitude more punishing than that of an aircraft, and the vehicles are inherently not very redundant or failure tolerant. A given failure might cause an aircraft to make an unscheduled emergency diversion and landing once in 50,000 flight hours, but a similar failure may crop up once in 1,000 hours in a rocket and result in catastrophic loss of vehicle… so I have no doubt SpaceX will make great strides in reusability, but to think spacecraft will ever be as reliable or have the turnaround of an airliner is wishful thinking at best.

  22. Squirrel

    channel your farts

  23. Dan The Man

    Try to apply for a job at SpaceX without a college degree, good luck

  24. Ryan Nguyen

    Surrounded by amazing tools to learn things, *You are saying we can learn rocket science from YouTube videos?!?!*

  25. Ben Cris2bal

    That sponsor ad was so smooth.

  26. Corenchie Reynaldo

    4:52 Well you sneaky son of a b….. 😂

  27. Glen Yeldho

    Another Skillshare Ad!

  28. Thiago Brigido

    Surely they should find a way to reuse the fuel as well….

  29. David Eranosian

    Can I see how the f you changed your video into sponsoring Skillshare without me noticing it, on Skillshare?

  30. dallatorretdu

    that skillshare ad was smooth!

  31. Joe Kerr

    Masterclass of ad transition

  32. Petesies

    I have to say, good segway

  33. Vansh Whig

    I can’t wait to use a rocket for traveling around the world
    Peace from India 🇮🇳

  34. The Brawler

    I had to subscribe because of your detailed video and the ofc the secret Conversations.

  35. TheRedstoneHive

    That smooth ad seaway woah…

  36. Rocky Ugsod

    Smooth ad transition. ;)

  37. Tadd Awesome

    Elaborate skillshare ad, nothing more

  38. Asanda Mbali

    Great video but Masterful segway!

  39. cocktail365

    3:43 is that Elon in the left corner?lol

  40. Larry Lawrence

    thank you for educational video

  41. jonathan lavezzi

    I’m shocked her originally the space shuttle had such a quick turnaround time and the funny thing about the Challenger disaster was that it did not even involve the refurbishment of the orbiter

  42. stardate2026

    Totally awesome

  43. Oskars

    That Muslim and woman “can also be scientists” propaganda was so smooth I barely notice it

  44. Luke skywalker The Starfleet commander

    Can I learn rocket science from Skillshare?

  45. Tyler Meglan

    That was the happiest I’ve ever felt seeing an ad with that transition

  46. Katlokk Jackson

    amazing segway

  47. AmericanPride1234

    I wouldn’t want to be on the maiden flight of one. Then I also wouldn’t want to be on one that is refurbished. Lol
    My sister probably be all in. She’s a flight attendant.
    8-9-19

  48. Happy Aaron

    I would say that 2021 is way too optimistic but who knows? The possibilities are endless.

  49. Peter Houle

    a flight time of 39 minutes is not “well under an hour”, not to mention the commute out to wherever the Starship will leave from, and to your destination from its landing spot, far from inhabited areas

  50. SANKU

    @Primal Space, you barely touched on how Space X refurbishes their rockets!, pls go into more depth in future videos instead of just skimming the topic!

  51. David Seddon

    Can Skillshare teach us to make such smooth ad transitions? That was masterful.

  52. Cnn is Fakenews

    Sea dragon or a Verne/space gun still seems like the key to unlocking space.

  53. Swinde

    Commercial begins at 4:53. Amazingly smooth transition.

  54. daskraut

    goddamn i’ve never seen such a flawless and undetectable segue into the advertisement part of a video! man alive, that was smooth.

  55. Nunya _

    Also “Challenger” is a payload…NOT the rocket. The Shuttle almost NEVER refurbished any of it’s rockets OR tanks. Also it killed more astronauts than any launch vehicle. Ever. Combined.

  56. Kayvin

    Seamless transition to sponsored content. Nice 👍

  57. RJinNH

    Just liked and subed. Great content, well presented and great food for the brain. Will watch the previous vids and all new ones.
    I’ve been fascinated by space and space travel for 65+ years. I watched the live broadcast of, ‘(A)nd one giant step for ManKind’, on a snowy 9″ Blk/Wht TV, 50′ underground on Level-2 of a Titan II ICBM Control Center with three other guys. No bunk time that night. But boy, was it worth it!
    I realy hope to be able to see the Mars landing(s)!
    Russ in NH
    USAF/SAC
    316XOF, 62-70

  58. Sunil Nair

    If its long and shaped like a spear on its head. You can use it as much as you like.
    Huh he!

  59. Simply Space

    Great summary! I was very excited for the first Block 5 launch because of the better reuse potential.

  60. Rahul A

    *interesting to see that spaceX is building STARSHIP in low tax REPUBLICAN states of TEXAS and FLORIDA*

  61. George Campbell

    So SpaceX doesn’t value students getting an aeronautical or other engineering degree?

  62. meenoo meenoo

    Great video. I’ve always asked how was the reusability process done? Thank you

  63. bananabro 191

    That’s why Elon Musk is the best. Doesn’t care about collage degree

  64. Din B

    I thought you were going to say Elon Musk learned rocketry from Skillshare???

  65. Shahan Ali

    Over 9000!! Employees, i see what you did there

  66. spikedpsycho

    I’m less concerned about reuse and more impressed by launch costs, which Space X has helped to Drive down immensely. United Launch Alliance, atk, NASA pay attention. Shuttle refurbishment record of 55 days sounds impressive but remember every Shuttle mission launch costs a BILLION dollars.

  67. Maawma Opa

    3 times with refurbushment, thats why it sucrified amos17 main booster..

  68. RobertMOdell

    They have multiple falcon 9 rockets so its not an issue of turn around time per rocket. It’s turn around cost per rocket.

  69. RockFall

    Хорошее видео! Продолжай в том же духе) Я просто нигде не смог найти информации и тут ты меня выручил

  70. eoin ye

    Exactly 69 times *Nice*

  71. 波 波

    Oh!I think the Falcon 9 rocket is awesome

  72. L C

    Subbed for the ad segue 1st, everything else 2nd.

  73. John Bords

    Subscribed due to amazing voice and a spectacular ad transition👌

  74. Mark Zaikov

    Skillshare needs to give you a bonus for that transition

  75. Jake Black

    Great vid! Example of how advertisement SHOULD be done ;)

  76. patrick weigand

    The Grenada treaty 1954 the one that Eisenhower signed

  77. chester mabanag

    The ad transition was so smooth just like a notch less phone.

  78. Utsav Bansal

    That freakin sponsor segue!

  79. Anshu Nayyar

    Its very sad that I can’t work for spacex as I am not an American.

  80. Samuel Tovey

    Am I the only one who disagrees with everyone by saying that the Skillshare segue was not a smooth transition and certainly noticeable.

  81. Kenny Chong

    Wow, that transition

  82. Martin Coetzee

    You lost my imminent subscribe with that ad. I don’t mind ads at all, I understand that they pay for a lot of what happens but by making it part of the video it is so embedded that I can’t trust you as being independent. It is very much like you are owned by the ad. Use my feeback, don’t use it. Your call. I however won’t be back.

  83. DOPE MUSIC

    Thanks for this video

  84. Tashel

    Was about ten seconds in the advertisement when I noticed it wasn’t about Space X anymore.

  85. Lumber Mcray

    That sponsor clip was so smooth.

  86. Patrick

    I loved it how you went over from Elon Musk to Skill Share. It took me a few seconds to realize that you went over.

  87. patrick weigand

    🕵🏻‍♂️They have to send unmanned missions to deep space🌌. Because the humans race is not peaceful yet✔

  88. Benjamin Amoon

    That was a flawless skillshare plug. Not abrupt, or interrupting the content half way thru the video. Well done.

  89. William Bill

    Bro that was smooth af ^^ you could sell me a house without me noticing it!

  90. Tim Greller

    Great video, as always!
    and smooth transition to that ad :)

  91. Paul Smith

    up to 100 flights per falcon 9 booster, not 1000. elon said 10 with little to no referbishment and up to 100 with some referbishment.

  92. Ellujammu

    You say the turn around time has dropped “only” by 249 days. That is huge I say. It has dropped over 70%

  93. The Exoplanets Channel

    Great video. Amazing channel.

  94. Jupiter Fox!

    You plugged that skillshare ad so smooth at the end, damn 10 out of 10 man

  95. Primal Space

    SpaceX launched a rare expendable non recovered booster last night. A brilliant piece of timing. RIP booster B1047 :'(

  96. Jonathan Roy

    This video is about reusable rockets that land autonomously. But the most mind blowing thing about it was the ad transition.

  97. al mutiriam

    Best transition ever. Must have learned that from Skillshare.

  98. Not Even Wrong

    That ad transition was seamless. I didn’t realize it was an ad until half-way through :)

  99. Askejm

    That sponsor segway was so smooth I didn’t even notice it

  100. samhamels

    That transition to the Skillshare ad was so smooth it took me a while to notice you switched form content to advertising

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