SpaceX launch for first Falcon 9 Block 5 set for Thursday evening

May 11, 2018, 04:18
SpaceX launch for first Falcon 9 Block 5 set for Thursday evening

That makes it easier and faster to produce, according to a Reddit question and answer session hosted by Andy Lambert, SpaceX's vice president of production.

This would have been the first trip for the so-called Falcon 9 Block 5, which is created to meet NASA's requirements for human spaceflight.

The Falcon 9 block 5 is meant for quicker reuse and reportedly will have a stronger heat shield and new landing legs, among other improvements. "The new grid fins should be capable of taking a scorching and being fine".

The upgraded Falcon 9 represents that rocket's final iteration, said Bill Ostrove, aerospace and defense analyst at Forecast International. Next, the company plans to focus on its heavy-lift rocket, called BFR.

A few minutes after blast-off was aborted, mission controllers for billionaire Elon Musk's private launch company, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies, said they would try again on Friday.

Maiden launch of Block 5 rocket.

This is the third satellite that SpaceX will have aided in launching.

Today at 4:12 p.m., SpaceX will launch a new rocket from its iconic Falcon 9 fleet called the Block 5, sending into orbit a communications satellite for the Bangladeshi government. Block 5 has more powerful engines, much more resilient components to survive the harsh requirements of re-entering the air and landing, less weight (notably by its unpainted components, like the dark interstage) plus a easily generated arrangement.

The total cost of one of its Falcon 9 launches is estimated to reach £44 million ($61m), while each of its larger Falcon Heavy flights costs £65 million ($90m).

SpaceX is preparing to launch the first-ever high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh on Thursday afternoon.

The Falcon 9 rocket Block 5 will be the first true test of SpaceX's reusable spacecraft. Right now, the GAO estimates that human certification for the Block 5 Falcon 9 won't occur until late 2019.

Coverage of Thursday's launch will begin at 3:45 p.m. ET on Space Coast Daily TV.

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