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SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite and kicks off new round for rocket reusability

SpaceX launches Indonesian satellite and kicks off new round for rocket reusability”

Launch window is slated to open at 1:18 a.m. ET.

Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully launched a Falcon 9 rocket for a second time early Tuesday morning from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, according to a statement from the company.

The landing marked the 28th successful recovery of a stage one booster by SpaceX.

If it works, we may very well see the same Block 5 again, perhaps in just a few short months.

SpaceX upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket earlier this year and launched the booster back in May. The Block 5 had its initial launch on May 11.

The mission got underway at 1:18 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) when the Falcon 9's nine Merlin 1D engines ignited and throttled up to full thrust, producing a brilliant plume of fiery exhaust that instantly turned cooling water into billowing clouds of steam. The first stage successfully landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, which was waiting in position in the Atlantic Ocean (a camera feed loss at the moment of landing created a bit of extra drama).

Around the same time, the Falcon 9's upper stage shut down and entered a preliminary orbit before a almost 20-minute coast across the Atlantic.

"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. The satellite will be deployed approximately 32 minutes after liftoff.

"The satellite is expected to have a service lifetime of 15 or more years", SpaceX said.

The upgrades to the Falcon 9 Block 5 include a beefed up heat shield, retractable landing legs and other modifications to make the first stage simpler to reuse, reducing the refurbishment needed between missions. "This rocket probably won't refly for probably a couple of months, but by late this year we should be seeing substantial reflight of Block 5 vehicles, probably with Block 5 boosters seeing their third, maybe their fourth reflight". With "moderate scheduled maintenance", Block 5 first stages could be capable of 100 missions, Musk said.

SpaceX hopes to continue to reduce the cost of space travel by reusing key parts of the rocket's design.



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