SpaceX launches its newest Falcon 9 rocket


SpaceX lifted Bangladesh's first satellite into orbit Friday using an upgraded rocket designed for dozens of repeat flights including back-to-back, same-day launches.

The company stated that the Block 5 model "is created to be capable of 10 or more refurbishments, and is very limited", which will help shorten the time between successive launches, which the company has been doing for some time. "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".

This newest booster landed on an ocean platform following liftoff.

Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to handle 10 or more flights with only "very limited refurbishment", according to SpaceX, this being part of the company's "rapid reusability and extremely high reliability" goals. "Ironically, we need to take it apart to prove that it does not need to be taken apart", he joked.

Since then, the U.S. government has been forced to rely on Russian Federation to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Thanks to the changes, the Block 5 shouldn't require as much time or effort to be made flight-ready again once it lands.

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Musk said it is possible to reduce the marginal costs for a Falcon 9 launch to "down under $5 or $6 million", in around three years. "The rocket and payload are in good health - the team is striving for a backup transmitter tomorrow". This new and improved model will be used to launch astronauts for NASA in the coming year.

There will be additional "minor refinements" in Block 5, Musk said.

"Would you rather fly in an aircraft that has never had a test flight before, or do you want to fly on an aircraft that has flown many times successfully?" he told reporters.

Enhanced rocket reusability also is a core tenet of SpaceX owner and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's broader objectives of making space travel commonplace and ultimately sending humans to Mars. But it has yet to complete more than two flights with the same Falcon 9 booster. The company will also have to cover the not-inconsequential development costs for the BFR and for SpaceX's Starlink broadband satellite constellation.