SpaceX's brand new, recyclable Falcon 9 rocket launches again


The first stage rocket was first used in May, and it marks the first time that the more reusable "Block 5" design has reflown after a previous mission. If that happens, we'd see the same Block 5 launch a whopping three times in just one year. It became the 28th booster that SpaceX has ever recovered.

SpaceX only had a two-hour launch window that opened at 1:18 am EST Tuesday in which to complete the mission.

Falcon 9's first stage was also recovered on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which is located in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX has successfully reused the first Falcon 9 Block 5 booster less than three months after the rocket's major reliability and reusability upgrade debuted. In March 2017, the company was able to successfully relaunch its block 4 booster rocket that had previously launched a year earlier.

At the time of its initial flight Musk said he was excited but ready to be vigilant before any parts of the rocket were re-used.

Between 30 and 50 boosters for Falcon 9 Block 5 vehicles could be manufactured to meet customer demand, each flying multiple times, he said. Eastern from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida with Telkom Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite.

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Merah Putih will be located at 108 degrees east longitude.

Merah Putih's on-board engine will circularize its orbit over the equator in the coming weeks. The satellite is owned by PT Telcom, the largest provider of telecommunications services in Indonesia.

The satellite will provide C-band telecommunications services over Indonesia and India, replacing the aging Telkom 1 communications craft, according to SpaceFlight Now.

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.

The rocket, using a first stage that flew in May with the Bangabandhu-1 satellite for Bangladesh, lifted off at 1:18 a.m.