SpaceX Falcon 9 Ultimate Rocket Targets 99 More Launches

SpaceX Falcon 9 Ultimate Rocket Targets 99 More Launches

Originally scheduled to launch on Thursday, May 10th at 5:47 PM EST, the newest iteration of SpaceX's venerable Falcon 9 rocket has had its launch scrubbed due to a pad anomaly. "I hope fate doesn't punish me for these words, but that is unequivocally the intent. And I believe our most conservative consumers would agree with that". And so will the many upgrades the company has made to the new Block 5, he added on Friday. SpaceX blamed "a basic ground system auto abort" for stopping the countdown 58 seconds prior to liftoff.

The goal of the flight is to launch the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite, built by Thales Alenia Space in France to provide Ku-band and C-band television and data services across Bangladesh. In September 2016, a Falcon 9 blew up throughout preparations for a fixed fire test and damaged a telecom satellite for Israeli fleet operator Spacecom.

SpaceX tracked the cause to liquid oxygen at the top phase tank which has trapped between the COPV overwrap and lining and sparked either from friction or alternative mechanics.

SpaceX's newest Falcon 9 rocket launch has been delayed another day until Friday, May 11th, 2018.

"This is by far the most advanced pressure vessel ever developed by humanity", Musk said. "It is nuts. I have personally gone across the layout; I can not count how many occasions". The top engineering minds at SpaceX have agonized over this ... "I believe we remain in an excellent scenario".

The Block 5 is a big deal for SpaceX because it's the culmination of the entire Falcon 9 project.

"The word "block" is a little odd. We type of embraced it from the Russians", he stated.

The cost of the launch of the new Falcon 9 starts with 62 million dollars, previously used in the first stage, from 50 million. The Merlin engines on that very first variation had 95,000 pounds of thrust for each first-stage engine and 92,500 pounds of thrust for the second-stage engine.

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With some refurbishment, a Block 5 first stage should be able to launch 100 times, Musk said.

"In principle, we could refly Block 4 probably upwards of 10 times, but with a fair amount of work between each flight", Musk said. "The secret to Block 5 is the fact that it is meant to perform 10 or more flights without a refurbishment between every flight. The only thing that needs to change is to reload propellant and fly again".

"It's really better in every way than the Block 4", Musk said.

Take the most recent launch of a "flight-proven" Falcon 9 first stage.

Musk said the Falcon 9's octaweb construction, used to encourage all nine first phase engines and supply compartmentalization if one or more neglects, is now much more powerful.

These upgrades include advanced "grid fins" on the first stage made of titanium (as opposed to aluminum); these help the booster steer itself back down to Earth for pinpoint vertical touchdowns. Then the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) takes over & Falcon retires.

The first launch of a heavy rocket, the Falcon 9 version Block 5 was held on 11 may 2018 with the first telecommunication satellite of Bangladesh Bangabandhu-1. SpaceX wants to land and, within 24 hours, relaunch a Block 5 first stage before the end of 2019, company founder and CEO Elon Musk said.

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