Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Sci-tech | By April Francis

SpaceX launches, lands Falcon rocket that could fly a third time

SpaceX launches, lands Falcon rocket that could fly a third time

Falcon 9's first stage was also recovered on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean.

REUSE, REUSE, REUSE. This launch is the first to employ a reused Block 5 - the first stage of the rocket.

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.

The Falcon 9 Block 5 and SpaceX's Crew Dragon are destined to be used for launching astronauts to the space station, starting as early as next April.

"For instance, its grid fins, which are used for steering the rocket back from space, are made out of titanium, so they won't catch fire on the way back to Earth".

The rocket carried the Merah Putih satellite into orbit, which will provide internet and phone services across Indonesia and Southeast Asia, according to SpaceX.

Tuesday's launch delivered a much-needed satellite to orbit for PT Telkom Indonesia, that country's largest telecommunications and network provider. The satellite is expected to have a service lifetime of 15 or more years, ' as stated in a mission description.

SpaceX's next mission is set for launch no earlier than August 23 with the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite to provide broadcast, enterprise and government communications services over parts of India, China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean region. And the structure that holds the engines to the rocket's bottom is bolted down now, not welded, to make it easier to take apart and inspect.

He had explained that such reuse goals are crucial to SpaceX's long-term mission of reducing the cost of space transportation.

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

SpaceX, Tesla and The Boring Company founder Elon Musk speaks July 22 at the 2018 SpaceX Hyperloop Pod Competition, in Hawthorne, California.

He then calculated that he could build the rockets himself and at a faster and cheaper rate than the competition and SpaceX was born in 2002. That marks the second successful launch and retrieval for this particular model, which had previously launched just under three months ago, in May 2018.

SpaceX's latest Falcon 9 booster should return to Port Canaveral within three or four days, and will then undergo inspections to determine its fitness for a third launch.

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