SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket lifted off from Cape Canaveral, Florida, taking the first Bangladesh communications satellite up into the Earth’s orbit. On Friday, the ‘Block 5’ booster was launched from the Kennedy Space Centre (NASA). The first stage of the rocket was recovered from the offshore drone-ship named “Of Course I Still Love You,” which is on a platform vessel in the Pacific Ocean.
On 12 May, Elon Musk, Founder, and CEO of SpaceX stated on Twitter that his company would be quite busy the next five years:
“SpaceX will probably build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over 5 years. Then the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) takes over & Falcon retires. The goal of BFR is to enable anyone to move to moon, Mars & eventually outer planets.”
Reusing Crashed Rockets
He also added that the ‘Block-5’ booster would be able to be used in 10 or more flights, as SpaceX is focused on reuse the reliable materials:
“Rate at which things are getting more bizarre appears to be increasing. In the future, it will seem bizarre that we used to crash rockets into the ocean instead of reusing them.”
Falcon 9 rocket’s mission will be to take astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The rocket went through many changes to make it reliable and reusable. This way, engineers will be able to refurbish the first stages to use it for more flights.
The BFR – Big Falcon Rocket will head to Mars by 2022 after it is built in the Port of LA. According to reports in the media, the facility will employ 700 people to work on the new rocket on a 19-acre parcel on the artificial part of the port of Los Angeles.
Musk stated that the BFR will have a diameter of 30 feet and it will be almost 350 feet tall.
The last successful mission was NASA’s Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS). It which was launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida’s Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
Andre Blair s is the lead editor for Advocator.ca. He holds a B.A. in Psychology from the University of Toronto, and a Master of Science in Public Health (M.S.P.H.) from the School of Public Health, Department of Health Administration, at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Andre specializes in environmental health, but writes on a variety of issues.