Article image SpaceX uses newest Falcon 9 booster for second time

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SpaceX Re-Launches 'Block 5' Rocket for 1st Time, Nails Landing Again

It was successfully recovered and spruced up for tonight's rerun of the GTO launch profile.

This rocket was used to place Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite into orbit and that payload was offloaded 32 minutes after launch, heralding the mission a complete success.

The satellite is expected to be in service for 15 or more years. The first stage successfully landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, which was waiting in position in the Atlantic Ocean (a camera feed loss at the moment of landing created a bit of extra drama).

That now paves the way for SpaceX to launch the block 5 rocket for a third successive launch - which would be the first time in history a booster was used three times. SpaceX aims to eventually launch a Falcon 9 rocket, recover the booster, and re-launch it within 24 hours. The company says its Block 5 booster can be reused 10 times, a significant step up from the now-retired Block 4 version. After the vehicle landed on one of SpaceX's drone ships on completion of its flight, the company did its inspection and refurbishment over the last three months to get it ready for flight again.

Update 1:50 AM ET: Merah Putih is in position.

"We are going to be very rigorous in taking this rocket apart and confirming our design assumptions to be confident that it is indeed able to be reused without being taken apart", Elon Musk, SpaceX's founder and CEO, had said during a conference call with reporters, referring to the first Block 5 booster.

Just by looking at the massive reduction in time, we can assume SpaceX has been working on the reusability of the blocks with good success. The satellite is owned by PT Telcom, the largest provider of telecommunications services in Indonesia. Space Systems Loral of Palo Alto, California, built the satellite ahead of schedule, according to Telkom Indonesia.

Tuesday's flight came 16 days after an early morning Falcon 9 launch July 22 that sent the Telstar 19 VANTAGE communications satellite into orbit for Telesat.

"Satellite plays a vital role in our telecommunications infrastructure", said Zulhelfi Abidin, Telkom's chief technology officer. A United Launch Alliance Delta IV Heavy rocket is readying to launch NASA's $1.5 billion Parker Solar Probe mission to study the sun, targeting a 3:48 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 11, liftoff from Launch Complex 37.

If launch remains set for August 23, liftoff is scheduled for a window opening at 11:33 p.m. EDT (0333 GMT on August 24).

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