Two SpaceX Falcon Heavy launches will use the same set of first stage booster cores. SpaceX’s Falcon Heavy rocket will launch the Arabsat-6A spacecraft in March.
The NASA Space Environment Testbed payload will launch on a SpaceX Falcon Heavy no earlier than April as part of the U.S. Air Force’s Space Test Program 2 mission.
Rapid Reusability Will Be Shown for 90+% of the Rocket
SpaceX will try to how the Falcon Heavy reusing three first stages. I have seen it by I think they could try to reuse the faring as well.
I think the rough costs of components are
$30 million for each of the three first stage boosters.
$7.5 million for the second stage
$6 million for the faring. This is the nose cone cover of the payload.
Reusing three engines and a faring would be $96 million out of $103.5 million.
These are Block 5 first stage boosters. Those are being shown on a Falcon 9 to be reusable for at least four launches and SpaceX has designed them for ten reuses.
The three first stage boosters would be $12 million for the ten reuse assumption. $30 million each and then $10 million for ten recoveries and repairs.
The $7.5 million second stage is thrown away. The faring is waterproof and can be reused. The reuse of a recovered faring has not been demonstrated. I assume $1 million costs for reusing farings. A ten reuse Falcon Heavy would be $20.5 million.
The Falcon Heavy has more fuel and can get satellites to far more orbits than the Falcon 9. The Falcon Heavy can reach tough orbits. The satellites will not need to use up a lot of fuel to reposition.
If SpaceX Pulls This Off
If SpaceX pulls this is off in 2019 and then is able to consistently reuse first stages for ten times each then they will have about a fifteen to twenty-year lead on competitors like Blue Origin and United Launch Alliance.