SpaceX successfully launches satellite with new upgraded 'Block 5' Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX successfully launches satellite with new upgraded 'Block 5' Falcon 9 rocket

Such a feat would require more than just the rapid turnaround of Falcon 9's reusable first-stage booster. SpaceX made an update in the twitter saying that standard ground system auto-abort at T-1 led to the failure of the proposed launch. That only leaves one massive project left for SpaceX - BFR.

The highly-anticipated launch of the "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket finally took place today, marking the debut of SpaceX's Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission.

The rocket is carrying the Bangabandhu 1 satellite, which is Bangladesh's first communications satellite. Musk reiterated that point. And this particular rocket will be showing off its landing skills after the flight.

SpaceX lifted Bangladesh's first satellite into orbit Friday using an upgraded rocket designed for dozens of repeat flights including back-to-back, same-day launches.

SpaceX has safely return-landed 24 of its boosters and reflown 11 of them. The new version of the rocket is outfitted with upgrades created to make it more durable so it can be reused as many as 10 times, dramatically cutting the costs of space missions.

SpaceX recovered the first stage of the rocket, and it touched down cleanly on the Atlantic Ocean barge "Of Course I Still Love You". "It has taken us ..."

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"Block 5 is capable of at least 100 flights before being retired", Musk told reporters on a prelaunch conference call. This marks the 25th Falcon 9 landing for SpaceX.

The Block 5 is the last version of the Falcon 9 that SpaceX will produce. Moments later, the second stage cut its burn.

Musk has often said that this kind of reusability could eventually lead to a world in which those who want SpaceX to launch their wares to space will just need to pay for fuel.

Upper stage recovery is a longer-term goal.

The performance of the Merlin engines, too, has been boosted by about 8 percent at sea level, Musk said. "And then as our launch rate increases, we can further optimize the per-launch costs". The company had aborted its first attempt to launch the rocket on Thursday.

The Block 5 rocket will probably fly about 300 missions over its lifetime, Musk said.

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