On March 30, 2017, history was made as SpaceX relaunched its orbit-class booster, sending an 11,700-pound telecom satellite into orbit, which eight and a half minutes later came down to land on a drone ship. On its first voyage in 2016, it sent supplies to the International Space Station. This was the first booster to land vertically on a drone ship. This system of landing and relaunching could cut launch costs up to 30% in the future and open the the doors for this to become normal.

This feat of science took SpaceX fifteen years to accomplish. Owner of Blue Origins, which has successfully launched and landed a single rocket five times, although without a payload and going only suborbital, Jeff Bezos, has said, "If 'reusability' requires significant refurbishment, inspection, and re-validation between flights, then it simply won't lead to the far lower launch costs we need to achieve our vision of millions of people living and working in space."

Musk has set his sights to the future in which rockets could be reused within an hour, only needing a refueling. He said, "We need to get really efficient with the reuse of the booster and the fairing." The two parts that need refurbished are the grid fins and the heat shield. The aluminum grid fins are soon going to be replaced by a rugged titanium design.