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Indonesian communications satellite deployed in orbit by SpaceX

Indonesian communications satellite deployed in orbit by SpaceX

The landing marked the 28th successful recovery of a stage one booster by SpaceX.

The satellite launch event was live streamed via Telkom's YouTube channel and Usee TV television.

This is the first time SpaceX has successfully reused a Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, according to Space.com. The Block 5 design upgrades The new Block 5 has been created to fly 10 missions with just inspections between landing and liftoff, and 100 times or more with some refurbishment involved.

The 229-foot-tall (70-meter) rocket took off from Cape Canaveral's Complex 40 launch pad at 1:18 a.m. EDT (0518 GMT), turned toward the east and broke the sound barrier within about one minute.

The Falcon 9 rocket shortly before liftoff. Meanwhile, the second stage continued onward and went through its own follow-up firing to send Merah Putih into its intended orbit.

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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 Falcon 9 Block 5 and SpaceX's Crew Dragon are destined to be used for launching astronauts to the space station, starting as early as next April.

Following stage separation, Falcon 9's first stage, which previously flew on the first Block 5 mission in May 2018, successfully landed on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

When was the Falcon 9 deployed?

The 12,800-pound satellite, built by SSL, features 60 C-band transponders to provide mobile services across Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

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The satellite is expected to be in service for 15 or more years.

Musk had said the Block 5's first stage booster is created to fly 10 times "with no scheduled refurbishment" and with "moderate scheduled maintenance", Block 5 first stages could be capable of 100 missions.

The Falcon 9 booster that blasted off from Cape Canaveral early Tuesday, Aug. 7, and landed on a ship minutes later, could become the company's first to launch a third orbital mission - possibly before the end of this year.

He said the Block 5's first stage booster is created to fly 10 times "with no scheduled refurbishment". SpaceX aims to eventually launch a Falcon 9 rocket, recover the booster, and re-launch it within 24 hours.

Update 1:50 AM ET: Merah Putih is in position.

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Until now, SpaceX has retired rockets after two launches.