Technology SpaceX Launches Its Newest Falcon 9 Rocket

23:36  11 may  2018
23:36  11 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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  SpaceX rocket carved giant hole in the ionosphere It was only temporary, but it could have affected GPS.As Ars Technica noted, most rockets have a curved trajectory to reduce the effect of gravity and alleviate stress. SpaceX's rocket, however, was carrying such a light payload (Formosat-5 weighed just 1,047 pounds) that it could and did take a near-vertical path. Think of it as dropping a rock in the water instead of skipping it -- you're going to create a much bigger splash.

Since June 2010, rockets from the Falcon 9 family have been launched 86 times, with 84 full mission successes, one partial failure and one total loss of spacecraft (numbers current as of 18 March 2020.)

Falcon 9 is the first orbital class rocket capable of reflight. SpaceX believes rocket reusability is the key breakthrough Falcon 9 ’s first stage incorporates nine Merlin engines and aluminum-lithium alloy tanks containing liquid Falcon 9 is the only launch vehicle in its class with this key reliability feature.

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SpaceX will try again Friday to launch a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket that could eventually carry astronauts into space.

The Falcon 9 Block 5, as the new version is called, is poised for launch at Kennedy Space Center in Florida. A two-hour launch window is set to begin at 4:14 pm ET.

Launch was delayed at the last minute on Thursday. Details about why the first attempt was aborted were not immediately available.

This launch will carry into orbit the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, which will provide TV, internet and other telecom services to Bangladesh and the surrounding region.

After launch, SpaceX will attempt to guide the first-stage booster of the rocket back to Earth and land it safely on a platform in the ocean so it can be used again on a future mission.

SpaceX just launched, did it land the nose cone on a boat?

  SpaceX just launched, did it land the nose cone on a boat? SpaceX likely made another experimental attempt to safely recapture the rocket's nose cone after launch. Liftoff occurred just after 7 am PT from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California. The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket is delivering a group of satellites into orbit for communications firm Iridium.

SpaceX ’s Falcon Heavy Rocket Launches and Lands Successfully. The Falcon Heavy roared into space on Thursday night, arcing atop three columns of flame toward orbit with a large satellite on board. That, after all, is the reason a rocket company performs a test flight for a new rocket design.

Falcon 9 is a partially reusable two-stage-to-orbit medium lift launch vehicle designed and manufactured by SpaceX in the United States.

SpaceX has landed and reflown boosters many times before. But in the eight-year history of flying Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX has only ever sent the same rocket to space twice.

The company says the Block 5 can be re-flown as many as 10 times and can be easily refurbished between launches, which would drastically reduce the cost of a single launch.

This trip won’t carry astronauts. Though the Falcon 9 Block 5 was designed with human spaceflight in mind, NASA will require seven successful flights of the Block 5, with no significant changes to the rocket’s configuration, before allowing humans on board.

The United States has not flown humans to space since 2011. That was the final year of NASA’s Space Shuttle program.

Since then, the US government has been forced to rely on Russia to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

SpaceX to build Mars rocket at the Port of Los Angeles

  SpaceX to build Mars rocket at the Port of Los Angeles SpaceX plans to open up shop at the Port of Los Angeles where it'll work on research, design and development of its Mars rocket. Los Angeles officials said Monday that a tentative lease agreement would allow SpaceX to take over a dormant building at the port in a move that could bring as any as 700 jobs to the area.The deal is expected to be approved by board of harbor commissioners on Thursday.SpaceX won't have to pay rent for the facility for more than two decades. It will get more than $40 million in rent credits for renovating and upgrading the facility, which has been vacant since 2005.

The private spaceflight company SpaceX launched the first of its new -and-improved Falcon 9 rockets from the California coast Sunday (Sept. An upgraded SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket stands poised to launch from Space Launch Complex 4 at Vandenberg Air Force Base in California in September 2013.

SpaceX , founded by Elon Musk, launched its most advanced rocket to date: Falcon 9 Block 5. The vehicle's booster may see 100 launches and While SpaceX engineers have constantly tinkered with the rocket over the past decade, adding new features, increasing efficiency, and boosting power

So, in 2014, NASA tapped SpaceX and Boeing to develop human-rated rockets and capsules that can ferry astronauts to the orbiting laboratory.

According to NASA’s current estimates, Boeing could conduct its first crewed test flight in November, and SpaceX should notch its first crewed test mission in December.

The Block 5 variation of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket will be the last major upgrade the company’s workhorse rocket. In total, Falcon 9 rockets have made more than 50 trips to space over the past eight years.

Musk said after the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket in February that SpaceX will soon focus all of its engineering talent on building its Mars rocket, called BFR.

SpaceX has no plans to use its Falcon Heavy, which is currently the most powerful rocket in operation, to fly humans. But the monstrous rocket is slated to put a couple of hefty satellites into orbit in the near future, according to the company’s launch manifest.

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Friday morning at 5:24 am (0924 GMT), a rocket owned by the US company SpaceX will blast off from Florida carrying two and a half tons of gear from NASA, o nly to dock three days later and 250 miles (400 kilometers) above Earth at the International Space Station.The rocket itself is not new. It launched a NASA satellite into orbit two months ago, then landed back on Earth -- upright -- on a barge in the Atlantic Ocean off Cape Canaveral.Even the Dragon capsule, carrying the cargo and affixed to the top of the rocket was used before, having flown a mission to the ISS in 2016.

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