Newest SpaceX booster flies again with Indonesia satellite

Newest SpaceX booster flies again with Indonesia satellite

Newest SpaceX booster flies again with Indonesia satellite

State telecommunications company PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Telkom) witnessed its newest satellite, Satelit Merah Putih, launched into space from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, the United States, at 1:15 a.m. Tuesday, or around midday in Jakarta.

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Its primary objective is to launch a 5.8-ton satellite called Merah Putih meant to improve telecommunications in Indonesia, India, and much of Southeast Asia.

Such reuse goals are crucial to SpaceX's long-term mission of reducing the cost of space transportation, with an aim to eventually launch a Falcon 9 rocket, recover the booster, and re-launch it within 24 hours, according to Musk, who said in May that could be accomplished as soon as next year. This was SpaceX's 15th launch so far this year and its 60th of a Falcon 9 rocket. On that earlier flight, the Block 5, after getting the rocket soaring, landed on the company's autonomous spaceport drone ship, called Of Course I Still Love You.

SpaceX has successfully launched its previously used Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket. A Block 4-core was used to launch the SES-10 satellite, the Block 4's first journey was 12 months previous. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has advertised the Falcon 9 Block 5 as "the most reliable rocket ever built". "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm it does not need to be taken apart". That it only took the company a few months to send the booster back to the launchpad is very promising and could mark the beginning of an era of more affordable flights with reusable boosters.

With the third reuse now explicitly on the table for B1046 "later this year", Falcon 9 has broken a two-launch ceiling that long loomed over its older predecessors. Meanwhile, the second stage continued onward and went through its own follow-up firing to send Merah Putih into its intended orbit. After 18 years of service, beyond it design life, Telkom-1 suffered a fuel leak a year ago and began to break apart in orbit, disrupting services. Another predawn Falcon 9 flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on July 25 delivered 10 Iridium voice and data relay payloads to orbit.

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