SpaceX has always been proved its competence in space exploration rockets and missiles launching and soon a new page of glory is going to be added to its time-honored heritage. The owner and operator of SpaceX – Elon Musk over this weekend has confirmed that the next Falcon 9 rocket will be launched through a reusable booster, which means, the launcher can be reused repeatedly.
Elon Musk, during a press meet, has revealed that the upcoming flight of SpaceX, which host the launch of a Falcon 9, alongside a 5.5 metric ton communications satellite from EchoStar will take wings by the end of this month. The rocket launch will be conducted using SpaceX’s own dispensable rocket, which was used for the last mission. As the satellite is extremely heavy at 5.4 imperial tons, the expendable rocket will burn up excess fuel for its first stage attempt to land. But, after this, for the future big-payload dispatched, it will employ either the superior performance Falcon 9 (Block 5) or Falcon Heavy, which won’t have nuisance coping with the weight.
In response to a question asked on Twitter, Elon Musk confirmed that the launch of the next Falcon 9 is slated to take place, not before 30th January. The dispatch will be conducted from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, confirmed the owner of SpaceX on Saturday. Alongside the launch date confirmation, Musk also said that the upcoming launch will be one-of-the-last-time launches. But if it is not the final time, then SpaceX will employ a reusable Falcon 9 booster for the next launch.
As per the statement of Elon Musk on Saturday, over the twitter conversation, “Future flights of SpaceX will be injected from the advanced Falcon 9 or Falcon Heavy. Taking the statement, Musk added, the improved Falcon 9 rocket (Block 5) will considerably perk up performances and effortlessness of reusability.”
He also partially confirmed the launch of the upgraded Flacon 9 to be held by the end of 2017. It means, by the end of the current year, the Block 5 version of Falcon 9 will witness its first flight launch. To recall, the Falcon 9 (Block 5) was introduced by Elon Musk in late 2015 throughout a Reddit AMA for enhancing the ease of reusability of SpaceX rockets.