SpaceX booster re-launched with Indonesia satellite

Published on: Aug 8, 2018 13:16 IST
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Making use of its latest style booster for the second time, the Elon Musk-helmed SpaceX put up a communications satellite into orbit for Indonesia. The company’s Falcon 9 rocket, tasked with dropping off the satellite, was sent to space on Tuesday morning from Florida. It had had its first launch to space back in May. It completed its latest sojourn back to Earth after completing its task, landing on a platform floating in the Atlantic ocean. Each of SpaceX’s rockets from this range has been built with the aim of covering numerous such journeys. The company is also making attempts to lower its costs by ‘recycling’ these rockets.

Musk, too, has been aiming to send the same rocket again and again, sometimes even twice in a single day, and has hinted at this being a possibility by next year. SpaceX on Tuesday has successfully re-launched its used Block 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, deploying the Indonesian Merah Putih satellite in the orbit just over half an hour later.

As per the reports by the Money Control Elon Musk, SpaceX’s founder and CEO, had said during a conference call with reporters that “We are going to be very rigorous in taking this rocket apart and confirming our design assumptions to be confident that it is indeed able to be reused without being taken apart.”

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