SpaceX relaunches the final Falcon 9 rocket design

SpaceX relaunches the final Falcon 9 rocket design

The name refers to the red and while colors of Indonesia's flag.

SpaceX took a big step toward its goal to reuse rockets in record time, after it successfully launched a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket with a Merah Putih satellite on Tuesday.

SpaceX has successfully landed the booster on the Of Course I Still Love You barge.

The up-and-down journey was the second such trip for the same Falcon 9 booster, which debuted May 11 with the successful launch of Bangladesh's first communications satellite.

A Falcon 9 SpaceX rocket lifts off from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station Complex 40 launch pad in Cape Canaveral, Fla., Aug. 7, 2018.

Falcon 9 B1046.2's rocket exhaust and crystal-clear skies made for an extraordinary plume.

The first stage powered the vehicle out of the dense lower atmosphere, shutting down as planned about two-and-a-half-minutes after liftoff.

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With the aid of grid fins, rocket thrust and four landing legs, the first stage touched down on SpaceX's landing barge around eight minutes into the mission.

They say "third times a charm", but that expression is usually reserved for success after failure.

For Telkom Indonesia, the launch restores the state-owned operator's fleet back to three satellites after one of its satellites exploded in orbit last August. Rather, it really is the case that the first Block 5 reuse is one of the most important things ever done by SpaceX. Although the rocket had to be torn down and refurbished between flights, there's been some clear improvement in that turnaround time for the block 5.

The upgrades to the Falcon 9 Block 5 include a beefed up heat shield, retractable landing legs and other modifications to make the first stage simpler to reuse, reducing the refurbishment needed between missions.

SpaceX hasn't gone into detail about how hard it was to get the used Block 5 ready for reuse but SpaceX CEO, Elon Musk made Twitter comments last month that hinted it isn't an easy process.

"Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm that it does not need to be taken apart", Musk said during a May 10 call with reporters.

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