SpaceX launches Block 5 Falcon 9, a radically reusable rocket
Elon Musk & Co. send up a rocket that’s designed to head back to space 99 more times.
Elon Musk and SpaceX successfully launched the final “Block 5” version of the company’s Falcon 9 rocket on Friday, after a last-minute computer abort signal pushed things back a day. Block 5 is the upgraded model Musk says could be reflown about a hundred times.
The updated rocket also has a distinctive new look, with a black interstage section that sets it apart from earlier versions. It blasted off from Florida’s Kennedy Space Center at 4:14 p.m. ET on Friday, carrying the Bangabandhu satellite-1, the first satellite for Bangladesh.