SpaceX to try again to launch its newest Falcon 9 rocket

by Fredrick Graves May 12, 2018, 4:29
SpaceX to try again to launch its newest Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX efficiently established a rocket Friday day, taking Bangladesh's first satellite, at another effort to establish its updated work-horse rocket.

The Block 5 is the final upgrade of the Falcon 9, making it capable of 10 or more flights with only inspections and limited refurbishment in-between.

The Block 5 sports numerous upgrades created to make the rocket easier to reuse.

Called Bangabandhu-1, the satellite is riding into space on top of SpaceX's Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket.

The recoverable Block-5 booster is created to be reused at least 10 times with minimal refurbishment between flights, allowing more frequent launches at lower cost. He's stated that his goal is always to launch exactly the identical booster twice within just 24 hours.

The rocket is carrying the Bangabandhu 1 satellite, which is Bangladesh's first communications satellite.

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SpaceX is slated to launch the first high-orbit communications satellite ever for the country of Bangladesh, and the company is using its most advanced Falcon 9 yet for the job. Although SpaceX has never fully divulged manufacturing costs, experts have estimated that the first stage of the rocket alone can cost up to $40 million. SpaceX landed the rocket's first stage back on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX marked the moment with another photo shared by the company's Twitter account. The company says the Block 5 variant "is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment", which will help cut down time between successive launches, which is something the company has been counting on for some time. Bangabandhu Satellite-1's mission is expected to last at least 15 years.

SpaceX hasn't released official specifications for its Block 5 rockets yet, but it has shared some information about improvements to this generation's reusability and reliability. The upgraded version boasts a series of important advantages over the previous "Block 4" model and is created to maximize the rocket's reusability.

The Block 5's upgrades take another step in this direction. SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk spoke to his anxieties about the launch.

Its engines have up to eight percent more thrust than its predecessors, the flight controls allow for a better angle of attack to conserve fuel, there is a heat shield at the base of the rocket to protect it during reentry, and the guidance vanes are now made of titanium for better heat resistance.

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