JUL 23, 2018 4:31 PM PDT

SpaceX Sees Another Successful 'Block 5' Falcon 9 Rocket Launch

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Over the weekend, SpaceX launched yet another of its iconic Falcon 9 rockets from Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch was accompanied by photographers who captured the traditional 'launch arc.'

Image Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

Hiding away inside the rocket’s massive cargo hold was a weighty 15,500-pound Telstar 19 Vantage communications satellite, which needed to be placed in a geostationary transfer orbit just above Earth’s equator.

The Falcon 9’s nine powerful Merlin engines ignited at 1:50 A.M. on Sunday, lifting the rocket into the air such that it could complete its primary mission. Once the second stage had separated from the first, the latter returned to Earth and landed upright atop a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean. Soon after, the second stage delivered the payload to outer space.

A beautiful night-time photograph showing the rocket during liftoff.

Image Credit: SpaceX/Twitter

As usual, SpaceX live-streamed the launch and published the footage to YouTube for its fans to watch:

Notably, Sunday’s launch took advantage of SpaceX’s new ‘Block 5’ Falcon 9 variant, which the commercial space company first debuted back in May.

It’s only the second time SpaceX has used this upgraded rocket variant since its inception, but the improved rocket design allegedly touts greater reusability and enhanced performance when compared to its Block 4 predecessor.

Speaking of Block 4 Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX launched its last one earlier this month during a routine International Space Station resupply mission. Given the circumstances, we can safely assume that all of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket launches going forward will utilize the company’s new Block 5 variant.

Source: SpaceX via USA Today

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
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