Article image SpaceX uses newest Falcon 9 booster for second time

Article image SpaceX uses newest Falcon 9 booster for second time

The Block 5 had its initial launch on May 11.

Liftoff, from pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station. Eastern from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida with Telkom Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite.

With the aid of grid fins, rocket thrust and four landing legs, the first stage touched down on SpaceX's landing barge around eight minutes into the mission.

With its successful landing, Falcon 9 may well go into space for the third time. Less than 9 minutes after liftoff, the rocket's first stage came back to Earth for a vertical touchdown on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship, which was stationed a few hundred miles off the Florida coast.

When was the Falcon 9 deployed?

The launch was used to deliver the Merah Putih satellite to a Geostationary Transfer Orbit.

The 12,800-pound satellite, built by SSL, features 60 C-band transponders to provide mobile services across Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

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"This satellite will play an important role in enhancing telephone and internet service for Indonesian's 17,000 islands", said Lauren Lyons, systems certification engineer for SpaceX.

First and foremost, this is by no means meant to demean the awe-inspiring reality of what SpaceX has managed over the last several years, which includes the first successful Falcon 9 landing, the first commercial orbital-class rocket reuse (also Falcon 9), and the first commercial reuse of an orbital spacecraft (Cargo Dragon), and many others. He says that could happen as early as next year. Shortly after the launch, Musk told Ars Technica, "We are going to be very rigorous in taking this rocket apart and confirming our design assumptions to be confident that it is indeed able to be reused without taking it apart". SpaceX had to take it apart after it landed to make sure that it can be flown again without the need for maintenance in between flights in the future.

He said the Block 5's first stage booster is created to fly 10 times "with no scheduled refurbishment".

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Complex 40 launch pad as seen through a time exposure in Cape Canaveral, Fla., early Tuesday.

Between 30 and 50 boosters for Falcon 9 Block 5 vehicles could be manufactured to meet customer demand, each flying multiple times, he said.

Until now, SpaceX has retired rockets after two launches.

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