Friday, 25 May, 2018

SpaceX set to launch its first "block 5" Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX launch for first Falcon 9 Block 5 set for Thursday evening SpaceX's second Falcon Heavy rocket spectacle slips to October
Guillermo Lane | 11 May, 2018, 00:55

Watch the launch LIVE here. They flew that historic mission with an active customer payload, though they did charge a lower rate because of the risks involved.

SpaceX, which conducted a successful static test fire of the Block 5 earlier this month, said the rocket has numerous upgrades from its predecessor, the Block 4. But now, there will be little, if any, tweaking to the rocket during active missions.

"Block 5 is designed for 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment but should be capable of additional flights with further testing and possible additional refurbishment", SpaceX President Gwynne Shotwell told Aviation Week and Space Technology magazine.

Space.com reports that, while SpaceX has landed and a re-launched a number of Falcon 9 first stages, none has been launched more than twice. Presumably, that means the design has to remain the same from flight to flight without too many changes.

A Falcon 9 first stage in the final second of its descent to a landing on the ASDS drone ship. The 8,000-pound spacecraft is expected to spend up to 15 years in orbit serving countries ranging from Turkmenistan to the west and the Philippines to the east, giving the Bangladesh Communications Satellite Company a digital foothold in the region.

The Block 5 has a slew of upgrades, such as improvements to the rocket's heat shield, additional thermal protection coating to prevent heat damage upon re-entry into the earth's atmosphere and retractable landing legs.

Germany seeks more details from U.S. on Iran sanctions
Earlier in the day, Ryabkov had said that Moscow's "European partners" should also work to keep the deal together. Iranian nuclear negotiator and deputy foreign minister Abbas Araghchi.


However, in order to obtain the desired savings, SpaceX will not only have to operate rockets that are easy to overhaul but also to reduce the workforce involved in the rockets' overhauls.

SpaceX recovered a payload fairing for the first time in 2017.

But most eyes will be focused on the shiny new 23-story rocket carrying the satellite.

Elon Musk's SpaceX will fly Bangladesh's first satellite into orbit today in a mission that amounts to a dress rehearsal for taking astronauts into orbit.

The launch window opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT and runs until 6:22 p.m. EDT (2222 GMT). The weather is 80% favorable.

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