SpaceX makes rocket launches look easy, nails 25th Falcon 9 landing

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

That is the goal Musk has set for his team. He's stated that his objective is always to launch exactly the identical booster twice within just 24 hours.

About a half hour after launch, live images showed the satellite drifting into the inky blackness of space, as cheers and screams erupted at SpaceX headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission is the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

SpaceX efficiently established a rocket Friday day, taking Bangladesh's first satellite, at another effort to establish its updated work-horse rocket. "I think that's really a key milestone".

This newest booster landed on an ocean platform following liftoff. Musk reiterated that point.

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Musk said SpaceX lowered prices from "about $60 million to about $50 million for a reflown booster", and expects "to see a steady reduction in prices" going forward. The new version of the rocket is outfitted with upgrades created to make it more durable so it can be reused as many as 10 times, dramatically cutting the costs of space missions.

Shortly before the second stage separation, the first stage executed a controlled landing back on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic - the company's 25th recovered first stage.

The Block 5 sports numerous upgrades created to make the rocket easier to reuse. "It has taken us since, man, since 2002". "This rocket probably won't refly for probably a couple of months".

During the call, Ars asked Musk how soon this first Block 5 booster would fly again, and then how soon again it would get to a third flight.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, the "Block 5" is capable of performing 10 or more times without being refurbished between launch and landing. SpaceX tweeted a photo of the Falcon 9 as the rocket's first and second stage parted ways. This is critical, because each of the company's Falcon 9 rockets that have been used to date (there have been 11 of them) have been reused just a single time.

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