Monday, 28 May, 2018

SpaceX plans first Falcon 9 "Block 5" launch

Enhanced SpaceX Falcon9 Rocket Launches Thursday; Designed Multiple Flights Falcon 9 | SpaceX
Nicole Thomas | 16 May, 2018, 13:28

The first launch of a heavy rocket, the Falcon 9 version Block 5 was held on 11 may 2018 with the first telecommunication satellite of Bangladesh Bangabandhu-1.

Falcon 9 made history in 2012 when it delivered Dragon into the correct orbit for rendezvous with the International Space Station, making SpaceX the first commercial company ever to visit the station.

"Our goal, just to give you a sense of how reusable we think the design can be - we intend to demonstrate two orbital launches of the same Block 5 vehicle within 24 hours, no later than next year", Musk said during a prelaunch teleconference with reporters on Friday. "The secret to Block 5 is the fact that it is meant to perform 10 or more flights without a refurbishment between every flight". SpaceX has also received a unanimous approval from the Los Angeles Board of Harbour commissioners for building the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) Mars rocket.

Musk said the all those nine Merlin motors used to power the Falcon 9's first phase finally have an 8% boost in thrust at sea level into 190,000 pounds-force.

According to Elon Musk, the Block 5 rockets will be able to fly up to 10 times with zero maintenance, and up to 100 times in total.

In comparison, the Block 5 Falcon 9 is twice as powerful as the Falcon 9 that first launched a demonstration resupply mission for NASA in 2010. Then BFR takes over & Falcon retires. "The one thing which must change would be to reload propellant and fly".

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With some fix, a Block 5 first stage ought to have the ability to release 100 times, Musk stated. The octaweb is created with bolted rather than aluminum and has higher thermal protection to avoid melting, " he said.

By now, SpaceX landing one of its Falcon 9 rockets (or even landing two, for that matter) is barely worthy of a headline.

These upgrades include advanced "grid fins" on the first stage made of titanium (as opposed to aluminum); these help the booster steer itself back down to Earth for pinpoint vertical touchdowns. Though Musk and other SpaceX authorities have actually consistently called the Block 5 the last style, Musk hinted that some small enhancements might still be made to the rocket.

The Block 4 Merlin 1D engines featured constant chamber pressure. Musk stated the rocket might see "small enhancements" for much better manufacturability, reflight and dependability "supplied that they are supported by our essential consumers in industrial satellite launch, NASA and the Flying Force". Some upgrades the Block 5 brings are redesigned landing legs, a tougher octoweb engine layout, and strengthened COPV (helium tanks).

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

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