Technology SpaceX Launches Its Newest Falcon 9 Rocket

23:36  11 may  2018
23:36  11 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Up next for SpaceX is the first flight of its new Falcon Heavy rocket , currently slated for February 6th. On Wednesday, SpaceX is set to launch its second Falcon 9 rocket of the year, sending up a satellite that will provide secure communications for the government of Luxembourg.

Original Story: This morning, SpaceX is set to launch another one of its Falcon 9 rockets from Vandenberg, California, sending 10 satellites into orbit for communications company Iridium. Blue Origin successfully launched and landed its New Shepard rocket .

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SpaceX will try again Friday to launch a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket that could eventually carry astronauts into space.

The Falcon 9 Block 5, as the new version is called, is poised for launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A two-hour launch window is set to begin at 4:14 pm ET.

Launch was delayed at the last minute on Thursday. Details about why the first attempt was aborted were not immediately available.

This launch will carry into orbit the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, which will provide TV, internet and other telecom services to Bangladesh and the surrounding region.

After launch, SpaceX will attempt to guide the first-stage booster of the rocket back to Earth and land it safely on a platform in the ocean so it can be used again on a future mission.

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Although SpaceX won’t attempt a landing this time, the company has seen unwavering success with its rocket recoveries this year. For this launch , though, SpaceX is using a new Falcon 9 . But the company expects to use up to six used rockets again before the year is over, all as part of the

New versions of the Falcon 9 first stage, which should begin flying soon, will be capable of launching 10 or more times, SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has said. Jeff Bezos' Blue Origin to Launch Its 1st Rocket Test of 2018 Sunday.

SpaceX has landed and reflown boosters many times before. But in the eight-year history of flying Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX has only ever sent the same rocket to space twice.

The company says the Block 5 can be re-flown as many as 10 times and can be easily refurbished between launches, which would drastically reduce the cost of a single launch.

This trip won’t carry astronauts. Though the Falcon 9 Block 5 was designed with human spaceflight in mind, NASA will require seven successful flights of the Block 5, with no significant changes to the rocket’s configuration, before allowing humans on board.

The United States has not flown humans to space since 2011. That was the final year of NASA’s Space Shuttle program.

Since then, the US government has been forced to rely on Russia to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

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New , 8 comments. The vehicle is carrying a special Earth-observing satellite for Taiwan. By Loren Grush@lorengrush Updated Aug 24, 2017, 3:07pm EDT. And after launch , SpaceX will pull off its rocket landing stunt again, by having its Falcon 9 touch down on one of the company’s drone ships

After a month-long break from spaceflight, SpaceX will attempt to launch one of its Falcon 9 rockets to the International Space Station this afternoon. Blue Origin successfully launched and landed its New Shepard rocket .

So, in 2014, NASA tapped SpaceX and Boeing to develop human-rated rockets and capsules that can ferry astronauts to the orbiting laboratory.

According to NASA’s current estimates, Boeing could conduct its first crewed test flight in November, and SpaceX should notch its first crewed test mission in December.

The Block 5 variation of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will be the last major upgrade the company’s workhorse rocket. In total, Falcon 9 rockets have made more than 50 trips to space over the past eight years.

Musk said after the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket in February that SpaceX will soon focus all of its engineering talent on building its Mars rocket, called BFR.

SpaceX has no plans to use its Falcon Heavy, which is currently the most powerful rocket in operation, to fly humans. But the monstrous rocket is slated to put a couple of hefty satellites into orbit in the near future, according to the company’s launch manifest.

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