SpaceX readies first "block 5" Falcon 9 rocket for launch

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But SpaceX will first need to carry out at least seven launches of the rocket before NASA will give the OK for astronauts to climb aboard. The rocket is the first "block 5" version of the booster, incorporating numerous design changes to improve performance and safety while allowing the company to refly first stages 10 times or more.

SpaceX is all ready to start the most advanced version of the Falcon 9 rocket.

The "Block 9" will take off from the iconic Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida, carrying the 7,700-pound spacecraft Bangabandhu-1-Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite.

The almost 8,000-pound satellite, known as Bangabandhu-1, is created to have a lifespan of 18 years and will deliver communications services to Asia.

Lightfoot stated that NASA was in deep talks with SpaceX to decide on the safest course of action: "It's a matter of having a good risk discussion so that we understand that", he said. Previously, SpaceX had launched as well as re-flown numerous Falcon 9 rockets with the first stage for an extended period.

The 2-stage Block 5 Falcon 9 is created to take reusability to new heights. Block 5 first stages, however, are created to fly 10 times with just inspections between landing and liftoff, and 100 times with some refurbishment involved, SpaceX representatives have said.

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The engines also feature new heat shielding technology in order to protect them from the high temperatures the Block 5 Falcon 9 will be subjected to upon reentry.

While East Coast engineers were in the process of firing up the Falcon 9 in Florida, the company's 14th cargo mission to the International Space Station (ISS) came to a watery end in the Pacific.

Reusability is essential to SpaceX's long-term imaginative and prescient, which entails serving to humanity turn into a multiplanet species.

It's all a part of founder Elon Musk's vision to lower the cost of access to space by reusing parts of the rocket.

A congressional hearing in January saw Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at SpaceX, explain the fueling procedures and emphasize that the "load-and-go" method is actually safer. Indeed, SpaceX plans to phase out all of its spaceflight systems except the BFR over time, Musk has said.

The Block 5's launch window opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT on Thursday, although adverse weather or technical problems could see takeoff delayed to another day.

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