SpaceX launches an Indonesian satellite using the & # 39; Block 5 & # 39; of his Falcon 9 rocket

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Tess satellite rises from launch complex 40

SpaceX relaunched a used rocket from block 5, the first Falcon 9 stage reinforcement, from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, which in turn deployed Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite to PT Telkom Indonesia in orbit minutes later.

This launch was the third mission of the Elon Musk company in 16 days and 15 of 2018, landing successfully on one of the unmanned SpaceX & # 39; Of Course I Still Love & # 39; parked a few hundred miles away in the Atlantic Ocean.

Due to the success of this landing, which was the 28th reinforcement that the company ever recovered, Falcon 9 can go to space for the third time.

This is the first time that the Block 5 Booster has been reused, which means that this version of the rocket could be launched up to 10 times, with a limited renewal between missions, reports Bloomberg.

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Tess satellite rises from launch complex 40

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the Tess satellite rises from launch complex 40

When was the Falcon 9 implemented?

The Falcon 9 was deployed from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station at 1:18 a.m. local time.

Eight minutes after it took off, Space X landed on the first stage of Falcon 9 on one of its remote-controlled ships called "Of Course I Still Love You".

The rocket deployed a Merah Putih satellite, which is a geostationary communications website that will provide services to Indonesia and other parts of South and Southeast Asia, only 32 minutes after launch.

According to SpaceX representatives, Merah Putih will carry a C-band payload capable of supporting a wide range of applications, including the provision of mobile broadband in Indonesia and Southeast Asia. The satellite is expected to have a service life of 15 years or more ", as indicated in the description of the mission.

SpaceX is planning around 30 missions in 2018, from a record 18 in 2017. Prior to the debut of the Falcon 9 Block 5 launch, Elon Musk said that within the next year, he wanted to fly the same vehicle twice in a 24-time

Elon Musk at a press conference after the first launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

Elon Musk at a press conference after the first launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

Elon Musk at a press conference after the first launch of a SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket

In May 2018, Falcon 9 was used to send a large communications satellite to Bangladesh from Florida and the vehicle landed on a remote-controlled ship, was inspected, restored and prepared for the flight again.

After this, Musk said: "We will be very rigorous in dismantling this rocket and confirming our design assumptions to be sure that it can effectively be reused without disassembling," according to Money Control.

He went on to say that the amplifier in the first stage of Block 5 had been designed to fly 10 times "without scheduled reconditioning" and with "moderate scheduled maintenance", with capacity for 100 missions ultimately.

The launch of August 7 is the fifteenth time that one of SpaceX's "flying-in-the-sky" rockets has returned to space and completed a mission.

What this means is that with the reuse of boosters, it limits the amount of maintenance and reduces the cost of space flight. Due to the success of SpaceX in this area, it is becoming one of the most valuable risk-backed startups in the US. UU

What is Space X?

SpaceX was founded by the owner of Tesla, Elon Musk, and aims to "revolutionize space technology with the ultimate goal of allowing people to live on other planets."

Also known as Space Exploration Technologies Corp, the concept of the company was conceived on a flight from Moscow, where Musk had tried to find an intercontinental ballistic missile at low prices so that mice could be sent to Mars.

He then calculated that he could build the rockets himself at a faster and cheaper rate than the competition and SpaceX was born in 2002. The company grew and in 2008, NASA awarded the company a Commercial Replenishment Services (CRS) contract. of $ 1,600 million and three years later, another $ 75 million.

The last contract was to develop a revolutionary launch escape system that would allow the company's Dragon spacecraft to transport astronauts & # 39; SpaceX then received $ 2.6 billion to build a Dragon V2 spacecraft.

In 2008, SpaceX's Falcon 1 was the first privately developed liquid fuel rocket to reach Earth's orbit and this launch was followed by Falcon 1 flight 5, the first of its kind to deliver a commercial satellite to the orbit of our planet.

Two years later, the company was able to send a spacecraft into orbit and bring it back in one piece and then it became the first private organization to reach a space station when the Dragon ship visited the ISS in 2012.

In December 2015, the Falcon 9 rocket landed the first orbital-class rocket landing after returning from delivering 11 communications satellites and this year launched Falcon Heavy, the heaviest rocket in use.

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