SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket Launch From Cape Canaveral Air Force Station

Mindy Sparks
August 7, 2018

This rocket was used to place Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite into orbit and that payload was offloaded 32 minutes after launch, heralding the mission a complete success.

That now paves the way for SpaceX to launch the block 5 rocket for a third successive launch - which would be the first time in history a booster was used three times. 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.

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

The Block 5 is SpaceX's final version of the Falcon 9, and features improvements to enable first-stage reuse 10 or more times. SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk has advertised the Falcon 9 Block 5 as "the most reliable rocket ever built".

Seconds before touchdown, four legs deployed and the rocket settled to an on-target landing.


A view of Falcon 9 B1046.2's first stage engine plume expanding as the rocket reaches thinner air.

The company has big plans to use the Block 5 to enable more ambitious turnaround times. Block 5 is different, and that's by design. So after the May launch, Musk said, "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm it does not need to be taken apart", as Ars Technica reports. Eastern from Cape Canaveral Air Force Base in Florida with Telkom Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite.

The satellite launch event was live streamed via Telkom's YouTube channel and Usee TV television. The satellite will provide Internet, telephone and cellular backhaul services, according to SSL.

Next up for SpaceX is launch of Telesat's Telstar 18 VANTAGE communications station from Cape Canaveral around August 17, following by launch of an Earth-observation satellite for Argentina. The new satellite will service Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

The mission got underway at 1:18 a.m. EDT (GMT-4) when the Falcon 9's nine Merlin 1D engines ignited and throttled up to full thrust, producing a brilliant plume of fiery exhaust that instantly turned cooling water into billowing clouds of steam.

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