Sunday, 26 May 2019

SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9: another successful space launch

Block-5 is the new version of Falcon 9 and may be SpaceX’s first rocket to meet the standards of NASA’s space travel program.

SpaceX launched this Friday from Cape Canaveral, Calif., Block-5, the new version of Falcon 9. The rocket carried a communications satellite from Bangladesh . Block-5 should have left California on Thursday but a technical problem detected within a minute of launching meant that the mission was delayed one day.

Minutes after fulfilling the mission of leaving the satellite in space, the rocket returned to Earth, landing on a base in the Pacific Ocean. Block-5 is designed to be used at least 10 times, and to shorten time between missions. This makes it possible to fly more frequently and at a lower cost. In fact, that is one of the keys of SpaceX’s business model, company of Elon Musk, also owner of Tesla.

Block-5 is expected to be SpaceX’s first rocket to meet the standards of NASA’s space travel program. Before getting the certificate for manned missions, Block-5 will have to do seven flights successfully.

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