Elon Musk’s SpaceX continues to go above and beyond.
After launching its Falcon 9 rocket at the end of March, SpaceX will be at it again on Thursday with its next event, the launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5. The rocket is scheduled to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 10, with an estimated launch window of 4 p.m. ET to 6:25 p.m. ET.
The company is attempting its ninth launch of the year, and this will be the first with the “Block 5” upgrade from SpaceX. What makes the launch of the Block 5 so important for SpaceX is that the company is hoping to reuse rockets as part of its plans for the future. Reusable rockets means less time between launches, and a lot less money spent on building new rockets for each subsequent launch. Musk has said that the Block 5 Falcon 9 model could potentially be used “upwards of 100 times with minimal refurbishment,” according to The Verge.
The upgraded Block 5 includes a retrofitted booster and new heat shields. It will also carry a Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite that will be put into orbit for the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company, according to SpaceX.
Targeting Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on May 10 from Pad 39A in Florida.
— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 7, 2018
SpaceX has two more missions on schedule for this month, both using the Falcon 9 rocket vehicle.
Want to catch up on the last launch? Check out video of it here: