The head of the company SpaceX Elon Musk 10 may 2018 kick-off conference devoted to the first launch of the Falcon 9 version Block 5, allowed a reduction in marginal costs for the re-launch of the media to “at least 5 or 6 million dollars” for about three years, according to SpaceNews.
The forecast reduction in the cost of start-up are met, the entrepreneur believes if every element of the media will be reusable. Currently, it is estimated that 60 percent of the cost of the Falcon 9 falls on the first tier, 20 percent to second, 10 percent for the fairing and everything else that is associated with the launch. Fuel costs 300-400 thousand dollars.
Before the introduction of the heavyweight rockets BFR (Big Falcon Rocket), SpaceX plans to conduct about 300 launches of Block 5, including the already used steps. The first step the latest version allows for ten or more launches. Musk also said that after minor modifications Block 5 can be run up to a hundred times. Up to 2019 SpaceX plans with the same first step run Block 5 two times within one day.
“The word “block” is a little strange. We kind of took it from Russian (all three stage rocket “Soyuz-FG” and “Soyuz-2” is formed by the blocks A, B, C, G, D, e, and — approx. “Of the tape.ru”), “—said Musk.
The cost of the launch of the new Falcon 9 starts with 62 million dollars, previously used in the first stage, from 50 million.
The first launch of a heavy rocket, the Falcon 9 version Block 5 was held on 11 may 2018 with the first telecommunication satellite of Bangladesh Bangabandhu-1.
Starting with version Block 5 design, the Falcon 9 will be frozen, and SpaceX will focus on the completion of the development of manned spacecraft Dragon 2 and the creation of super-heavy launch BFR.
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