Launching at 1:18 a.m. ET, the flight carried communications satellite Merah Putih, which is named for the red and white colors of the Indonesian flag.
SpaceX on Tuesday successfully re-launched its used Block 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, deploying the Indonesian Merah Putih satellite in the orbit just over half an hour later.
The company aims for the Block 5 rocket to be used as many as 10 or more times in a row, with little or no maintenance between launches. After it is hauled back to Cape Canaveral, it will be inspected and, if no major problems are found, it will go into the stockpile of available block 5 stages ready for use in downstream missions.
Liftoff, from pad 40 at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.
A view of Falcon 9 B1046.2's first stage engine plume expanding as the rocket reaches thinner air.
With the aid of grid fins, rocket thrust and four landing legs, the first stage touched down on SpaceX's landing barge around eight minutes into the mission. The first stage successfully landed on the drone ship Of Course I Still Love You, which was waiting in position in the Atlantic Ocean (a camera feed loss at the moment of landing created a bit of extra drama).
Today's launch lofted the Merah Putih satellite to a high geostationary transfer orbit.
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The 12,800-pound satellite, built by SSL, features 60 C-band transponders to provide mobile services across Indonesia and Southeast Asia.
Tuesday's launch was the third SpaceX mission in 16 days, and the company's 15th launch of the year overall.
The 230-foot Falcon 9 lifted off for the first time back on May 11, lifting Bangladesh's first communications satellite to orbit from Kennedy Space Center. "This rocket probably won't refly for probably a couple of months, but by late this year we should be seeing substantial reflight of Block 5 vehicles, probably with Block 5 boosters seeing their third, maybe their fourth reflight".
After this, Musk said: 'We are going to be very rigorous in taking this rocket apart and confirming our design assumptions to be confident that it is indeed able to be reused without being taken apart, ' according to Money Control.
He said the Block 5's first stage booster is created to fly 10 times "with no scheduled refurbishment".
SpaceX's goal is the rapid reusability of its rockets to drive down the cost of launches.
Block 4-generation Falcon 9 boosters could only be reused once. The satellite is owned by PT Telcom, the largest provider of telecommunications services in Indonesia. The new satellite will replace Telkom 1, which failed in a mysterious debris-shedding event in geostationary orbit a year ago. The new satellite will service Indonesia and Southeast Asia.