May 10, company, Space X, Elon musk at the last moment cancelled the planned launch of a new rocket, the Falcon 9 Block 5. "I expect fate does not punish me for all these words, but that's unequivocally the aim. And I believe our most conservative consumers would agree with that". SpaceX blamed "a standard ground system auto abort" for halting the countdown 58 seconds before liftoff. The final significant update ("Block 5" booster) applied to SpaceX's Falcon 9 vehicles, took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre, which took place on 11th May 2018.
Called the composite overwrapped pressure vessels (COPV), they are used to store helium to keep the propellant tanks pressurized in the rocket's stage 2, notes the report. The $250 million satellite, the nation's first, is created to improve television, telephone, data, Internet and emergency communications for Bangladesh.
"This is by far the most advanced pressure vessel ever developed by humanity", Musk said. "It is nuts. I have personally gone across the layout; I can not count how many occasions".
The development of the Falcon 9 and other such spacecraft is part of SpaceX's goal to build fully and rapidly reusable spacecraft - perhaps changing the way we think about space travel forever. He went on to explain that the new COPVs now possess the burst pressure "more than twice what they are actually loaded to on the pad".
Musk said the Falcon 9's octaweb construction, used to encourage all nine first phase engines and supply compartmentalization if one or more neglects, is now much more powerful.
"The term "block" is a little odd. We kind of adopted it from the Russians", he said. The only vacuum-optimized Merlin engine Falcon 9's second point includes a 5% push growth to 220,000 pounds-force, " he explained.
While previous version of the two-stage Falcon 9 have been reusable, this SpaceX rocket marks another step forward for the company in terms of cost savings and re-usability.
According to Elon Musk, the Block 5 rockets will be able to fly up to 10 times with zero maintenance, and up to 100 times in total. The new Falcon 9 Block 5 is specifically designed for reusability, with the rocket designed for quick re-launch with only inspection and no reconditioning, and-with some routine component replacements-are designed for hundreds of launches over the lifetime of each rocket.
While Musk's ultimate goal is a rapid turnaround for the Falcon 9, the technology isn't quite there yet. The landing legs have also been improved to ensure easier recovery.
SpaceX rocket ready for launch.
"Obviously, aesthetics are a minor factor in rocket design, but I still like the fact that we've returned for nostalgic reasons to having a black interstage", Musk said. Then SpaceX BFR takes over and Falcon retires.
The Block 5 is on a whole different scale, says Musk, who has previously stated that it might be possible to use the rocket up to 100 times.