The launch window for the first mission of the Falcon 9 Block 5 from the Kennedy Space center in Florida opens on Thursday.
May 10 private aerospace company SpaceX is making its debut with a new, final version of the rocket Falcon 9. Dubbed the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will deliver into orbit the first geostationary Telecom satellite of the people’s Republic of Bangladesh Bangabandhu-1.
The launch window for the first mission of the Falcon 9 Block 5 from the Kennedy Space center in Florida opens on Thursday at 4:12 p.m. ET (23:12 MSK).
The decision to launch the Falcon 9 Block 5 was taken after successful fire test, held may 4 on the pad LC39A, which tested all of its 9 Merlin engines 1D+.
Rocket Block 5 was designed with the upcoming use to send astronauts to the ISS. In addition to more power one of its other main features is the reusability. The first stage of Block 5 was developed taking into account the possible use of no less than 10 times.
Going to do this in the space of the Falcon 9 rocket did not run more than two times. Version booster Block 5 designed to withstand up to 10 landings and launches, between which, of course will be a thorough inspection and full replacement of some parts (if necessary). If SpaceX succeeds in implementing this plan, the cost of rocket launches will drop significantly.
Before you start to deliver astronauts to the ISS, a new space ship will have to produce seven unmanned flight. So this year the Falcon 9 rocket Block 5 is still a lot of starts after sending Bangabandhu-1 into orbit.
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