SpaceX plans first Falcon 9 "Block 5" launch

Enhanced SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket Launches Thursday; Designed Multiple Flights

Enhanced SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket Launches Thursday; Designed Multiple Flights

Take the most recent launch of a "flight-proven" Falcon 9 first stage. Not only is it the most powerful version of the Falcon 9, it's also the most highly reusable model, and it's going to be the rocket that takes humans to space for NASA. Currently, it is estimated that 60 percent of the cost of the Falcon 9 falls on the first tier, 20 percent to second, 10 percent for the fairing and everything else that is associated with the launch. Experts believe that is a very generous estimate, but it should still launch more than 10 times with the same equipment. Put in between the very first and 2nd phases of the rocket, which are painted white, the jet-black carbon fiber interstage harkens back to SpaceX's very first rocket, the Falcon 1. This launch will be flown by the first "Block 5" booster, the 7th and final iteration of the Falcon 9.

"Rate at which things are getting more freaky appears to be increasing".

"And of course we still need to demonstrate it, it's not like we've done it".

By maintaining the Falcon 9 layout inactive, SpaceX can devote additional time and effort to its Large Falcon Rocket and Starlink satellite constellation.

By comparison, the Block 5 Falcon 9 is around two times as effective as the Falcon 9 that initially released a presentation resupply objective for NASA in 2010. "We kind of adopted it from the Russians", he said. All this will allow the first stage booster to fly at least 10 times without refurbishment and up to 100 total flights in its lifespan with refurbishment.

That's wildly different than all other orbital rockets launched today, which lift off once and are then discarded.

Musk stated the each of the 9 Merlin engines utilized to power the Falcon 9's first stage now have an 8 percent boost in thrust at sea level to 190,000 pounds-force. Only 11 have re-flown, and the most a single Falcon 9 booster has been reused is twice. It's still a massive improvement over the Block 4, but is definitely not at the place where we'll be seeing a 24 hour turnaround.

"Because there's only so much work you could even do in one day, and a bunch of it consists of transporting the rocket from its landing site back to the launch site, mounting a new satellite on the rocket and loading propellant".

"That is extraordinarily hard".

"There will not be a Block 6", Musk said.

This latest version of the Falcon 9 blasted off Friday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX has big plans for the latest version of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.

According to media reports, the LA Board of Harbor Commissioners gave its unanimous approval to permit SpaceX to build the BFR Mars rocket at a new facility on Terminal Island at the Port of Los Angeles. SpaceX holds a multibillion-dollar contract to fly NASA astronauts to and from the ISS, and the company will use the Block 5 and Dragon to perform these missions. "Goal of BFR is to enable anyone to move to moon, Mars & eventually outer planets", Musk tweeted on Sunday.

"I'm not predicting that we're about to enter a Dark Ages, but that there's some probability that we will, particularly if there's a third world war", Musk said in March.

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