SpaceX launches the first Falcon 9 Block 5 at Kennedy Space Center on Friday, May 11, 2018.
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The latest version of SpaceX's workhorse Falcon 9 Rocket took off from the Kennedy Space Center on Friday, bringing with it two years of reusability and the company's ambitions to bring people back Sending Earth Orbit

The 4:14 pm The launch of Pad 39A marked the premiere flight of the Falcon 9 Block 5 launcher and its ultimately successful mission to put Bangladesh's first geostationary satellite into orbit. Prior to the launch, company president Elon Musk discussed with reporters and explained how the new rocket should enable SpaceX to make reuse in the development of the next launcher more efficient.

The following is known:

Block 5 is the latest version of Falcon 9

It may not look like that, but the Falcon 9 family has been around for some time – June will be eight years after the first flight to be in 2010. Block 5, which according to Musk is probably the sixth version of the rocket, will be the last major overhaul. Its improvements are ultimately designed to provide reusability and reliability so the company can do more with less.

"This will be the last major release of Falcon 9 before BFR," Musk said while referring to Big Falcon Rocket BFR, which is under development and being built before being shipped to the Space Coast in Los Angeles Harbor. "Expect that this will be a cornerstone of SpaceX's business."

Musk expects Block 5 boosters to be launched ten times with little to no modernization between missions; With moderate work they could start up to 100 times. During these first 10 launches, Musk said the only necessary operations should be quick inspections and propelling.

Musk said another important aspect of the development of Block 5 is to ensure that it meets NASA standards for manned missions. This list contains thousands of items, but the rocket has to fly several times before it can be approved for manned flights to the International Space Station, which are expected by the end of this year or early next year.

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A SpaceX Falcon 9 block 5-Rocket takes off from Kennedy Space Center Pad 39A on Friday, May 11, 2018. (Photo: Craig Bailey / FLORIDA TODAY)