SpaceX Just Launched A Rocket With A Critical Reused Part

A commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station blasted off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in April.                  NASA

A commercial resupply mission to the International Space Station blasted off aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in April. NASA

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket launched from Cape Canaveral, Florida early Tuesday morning.

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The block 5 is the rocket SpaceX founder Elon Musk is counting on to launch astronauts to the International Space Station starting next year, the centerpiece of the company's drive to lower launch costs while improving reliability.

SpaceX has successfully launched its previously used Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket.

Just three months separated today's mission from the first launch of the same Block 5 booster. "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm it does not need to be taken apart".

After a final lightning-fast series of computer checks, the 229-foot-tall rocket was released from pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, quickly accelerating skyward atop 1.7 million pounds of thrust.

The satellite is expected to reach its orbit at about 32,000 kilometers above sea level within the next 11 days before its full operation in the third week of September. Rather, it really is the case that the first Block 5 reuse is one of the most important things ever done by SpaceX.

They say "third times a charm", but that expression is usually reserved for success after failure. Built by Lockheed Martin, the satellite was 18 years old, operating three years past its design life.

SSL completed construction of the Merah Putih satellite ahead of schedule, according to Telkom Indonesia, also known as PT Telkom.

Merah Putih will be located at 108 degrees east longitude.

SpaceX had used Falcon 9 in May to send up a large communications satellite for Bangladesh from Florida. Another predawn Falcon 9 flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on July 25 delivered 10 Iridium voice and data relay payloads to orbit.

ULA plans to launch a NASA probe that will head to the sun's atmosphere for a first-of-its-kind mission.

SpaceX's next mission is set for launch no earlier than August 23 with the Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications satellite to provide broadcast, enterprise and government communications services over parts of India, China, Mongolia, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific Ocean region.

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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