The company determined that its first Falcon 9 “Block 5” booster is ready to go, It will be used to launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, a communications satellite for the government of Bangladesh, on May 10, from Pad 39A in Florida. Block 5 first stages, however, are designed to fly 10 times with just inspections between landing and liftoff, and 100 times with some refurbishment involved, SpaceX representatives have said. The Block 5 has also been designed to meet NASA’s crew-carrying requirements.
Falcon 9 previous launch
The company is developing a huge, reusable rocket-spaceship combo called the BFR, which Musk envisions helping set up a million-person city on the Red Planet in the next 50 years or so. NASA, lost 14 astronauts in two space-shuttle disasters, is requiring SpaceX and Boeing to meet a requirement that involves some complicated calculations: The chance of death can be no greater than 1 in every 270 flights. “It really is a very, very difficult problem to do human spaceflight,” said Phil McAlister, the director of NASA’s commercial spaceflight development division. The agency has concers about the so called „load and go” solution, which requires to add propellant – liquid oxygen and refined kerosene – to the rocket with astronauts on board. Earlier this year, even members of Congress pressed Hans Koenigsmann, SpaceX’s vice president, for build and flight reliability, about the safety of the load-and-go procedure.