SpaceX Has Just Launched Its Reusable Block 5 Rocket

SpaceX Has Just Launched Its Reusable Block 5 Rocket

What kinds of news may be more impressive than SpaceX’s landings reusable Block 5 rocket? On July 23, Elon Musk’s company managed to land a rocket on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean after launching a satellite into orbit from Cape Canaveral in Florida.

Falcon 9 also known as Block 5 is a partially reusable medium-lift launch vehicle, designed and manufactured by SpaceX. Designed in 2014–2015, Falcon 9 Full Thrust began launch operations in December 2015.

The SpaceX reusable launch system development program is a privately funded program to develop a set of new technologies for an orbital launch system that may be reused many times in a manner similar to the reusability of aircraft. The company SpaceX is developing the technologies over a number of years to facilitate full and rapid reusability of space launch vehicles. The project’s long-term objectives include returning a launch vehicle first stage to the launch site in minutes and to return a second stage to the up to 24 hours. SpaceX’s long term goal is that both stages of their orbital launch vehicle will be designed to allow reuse a few hours after return.

“The first stage of the rocket landed on the drone ship, which is named “Of Course I Still Love You,” (because why not) at around 2:00 a.m. ET, less than nine minutes after liftoff. The landing is significant not only because it’s the first in quite some time for the startup, but also because it’s one of the very first launches or landings of the newest Falcon 9 rockets, the Block 5”, mentions digitaltrends.com.

For this special trip, the rocket sent the Telstar 19 Vantage communications satellite into orbit, which is tasked with providing broadband internet service for folks in the Americas. Back in May, SpaceX launched Block 5 for the first time. The goal is for Block 5 to allow SpaceX to complete more than two flights with the same Falcon 9 booster.

“SpaceX has not yet relaunched a Block 5 rocket, which makes sense, given that only two successful launches have been completed thus far. However, in the coming weeks and months, we can expect Musk and his team to begin putting the real capabilities of this latest rocket to the test. We’ll be sure to keep you abreast of the latest happenings”, indicates digitaltrends.com.

Source: digitaltrends.com