The company stated that the Block 5 model "is created to be capable of 10 or more refurbishments, and is very limited", which will help shorten the time between successive launches, which the company has been doing for some time.
An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, tailored for eventual crewed missions for NASA, made its debut launch on Friday from Florida's Cape Canaveral carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh into orbit.
Such a feat would require more than just the rapid turnaround of Falcon 9's reusable first-stage booster. The satellite will eventually travel to a path 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas. By the end of next year, Musk aims to demonstrate that a single Falcon 9 booster could be used for two orbital launches within 24 hours.
SpaceX has landed and reflown boosters many times before.
SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of course I still love you" drone ship.
SpaceX has no plans to use its Falcon Heavy, now the most powerful rocket in operation, to fly humans. "It has taken us". As such, Block 5 rockets have been created to conform to NASA's crew-carrying requirements. SpaceX officials said the rocket's flight computer received an abort signal from its ground system, which turned out to be an "artifact" of an earlier test sequence that had not been properly reset.
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Falcon 9 Block 5 rolling onto launch pad as seen in Instagram post by Elon Musk. Friday's second attempt by SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration Technologies, appeared to have gone off without a hitch. "With launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, we are hoisting our national flag in the space".
Upper stage recovery is a longer-term goal. "We don't want to put too much engineering effort into that relative to BFR, and we obviously will not take any action that creates risk for the ascent phase of the rocket".
There will be additional "minor refinements" in Block 5, Musk said.
The first crew launch for SpaceX is tentatively planned for December 2018.
Musk said it is possible to reduce the marginal costs for a Falcon 9 launch to "down under $5 or $6 million", in around three years.