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SpaceX Targets May 4 Launch for Falcon 9 “˜Block 5' Rocket Configuration

SpaceX Targets May 4 Launch for Falcon 9 “˜Block 5' Rocket Configuration - top government contractors - best government contracting event

SpaceX Targets May 4 Launch for Falcon 9 “˜Block 5' Rocket Configuration - top government contractors - best government contracting eventSpaceX plans to launch on May 4 its updated Falcon 9 rocket from a launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida to bring into orbit a Thales Alenia Space-built communications satellite for Bangladesh, Spaceflight Now reported Tuesday.

The rocket's Block 5 configuration will take off to send into space the Bangabandhu 1 satellite designed to provide C– and Ku-band data relay and broadcast services across the Asian country and nearby regions.

The Block 5 iteration of the vehicle completed a final test firing of Merlin 1D engines at SpaceX's site in Texas and is set to undergo a hold-down engine firing test on Monday, April 30.

“Block 5 basically summarizes all that we learned on reusability,“ said Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at SpaceX.

“In this case, we tried to summarize all of these lessons learned into a booster that then is able to fly, and be recovered and fly again multiple times without a lot of refurbishment,“ Koenigsmann added.

Upgrades to the Falcon 9 rocket include modifications designed to speed up recovery and reuse of first-stage boosters, integration of a new heat-shield material, use of new helium tanks and changes that seek to meet NASA's human safety requirements.

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