SpaceX relaunches the final Falcon 9 rocket design

Enlarge  A Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 rocket launches

SpaceX conducted its first relaunch of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket August 7, successfully delivering a communications satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit for Telkom Indonesia. The spacecraft - whose name translates as "red and white", a reference to the colors of the Indonesian flag - will become part of the network run by PT Telkom Indonesia, the nation's largest telecommunications provider.

The satellite is expected to reach its orbit at about 32,000 kilometers above sea level within the next 11 days before its full operation in the third week of September. The rocket's first stage returned to earth, landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean.

The landing marked the 28th successful recovery of a stage one booster by SpaceX.

The first stage was also the first of SpaceX's upgraded line of "Falcon 9 Block 5" rockets, featuring improvements to make the vehicles more reliable and easier to reuse.

By 2019, SpaceX founder Elon Musk believes that the company will be able to launch and land a Falcon 9 booster, then launch it again 24 hours later.

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A few minutes after separation, three of the first stage's nine engines re-ignited to slow the booster for entry back into the discernible atmosphere, using four titanium "grid fins" at the top of the rocket to maintain its orientation and trajectory.

But it was the first time SpaceX demonstrated reuse of a Block 5-generation booster, which the company plans to be its workhorse in the coming years, until a new, super-powerful rocket dubbed the BFR is ready for service.

With three months between the Bangabandhu and Merah Putih missions, and a record turnaround time of two months, SpaceX has its work cut out.

An artist's impression of the Merah Putih communications satellite in orbit with its solar arrays and antennas deployed.

The new telecom craft, designed for a 16-year life, was built by SSL in Palo Alto, California.

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"Satellite plays a vital role in our telecommunications infrastructure", said Zulhelfi Abidin, chief technology officer of Telkom Indonesia, in a press release earlier this year.

Merah Putih will be located at 108 degrees east longitude.

Launch coverage can be seen on Space Coast Daily TV.

The two-hour launch window opens on Tuesday, August 7 at 1:18 a.m. EDT, or 5:18 UTC.

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