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SpaceX Falcon 9 set to launch satellite Merah Putih for first Block 5 re-flight

SpaceX Falcon 9 set to launch satellite Merah Putih for first Block 5 re-flight

SpaceX launched the new, optimized-for-reuse Block 5 variant of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time, The Verge reported. Tuesday’s launch of Merah Putih is scheduled for a two-hour window opening at 05:18 UTC.

Elon Musk’s corporation SpaceX will keep up its impressive launch pace as the company reuses its first Block 5 Falcon 9 booster. On Tuesday, the liftoff scheduled from Space Launch Complex 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.

According to NASA Space Flight, the epic satellite rideshare was coordinated and brokered by Spaceflight Industries — a company dedicated to finding launch “real estate” for small satellites that need to get into space. Following launch, the used Falcon 9 booster will attempt to perform another landing on one of SpaceX’s drone ships in the Atlantic.

On Tuesday evening, SpaceX will continue its tradition and broadcast the launch of its Falcon 9 rocket live. The webcast should begin about 15 minutes before the launch window opens.

Spaceflight has found rides for more than 140 different satellites on multiple launch vehicles. The company even helped to book room for 20 satellites on one of the most massive rocket rideshare yet, when an Indian PSLV (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket launched 104 satellites into orbit in February 2017.