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SpaceX set for over 300 missions in five years: CEO Elon Musk



"SpaceX will likely build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over 5 years, then take over the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) & Falcon is retiring and the goal of BFR is to enable everyone on the Moon, Mars and Finally, to switch outer planets, "musk tweeted.

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Updated: May 1

4, 2018, 9:37 pm IST

  SpaceX set for over 300 missions in five years: CEO Elon Musk
SpaceX for more than 300 missions in five years : CEO Elon Musk
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After flying an updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral into orbit with Bangladesh's first communications satellite, its founder and CEO Elon Musk said on Sunday that his Company at launch is over 300 missions in five years. The "Block 5" Booster, the latest significant upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launcher, was launched on NASA's first NASA flight from Kennedy Space Center on Friday. The first stage of the rocket was successfully salvaged and landed on an offshore drone ship "Of course, I love you" on an unmanned platform ship in the Pacific Ocean about eight minutes after launch.

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"SpaceX will likely build 30 to 40 rocket cores for 300 missions over 5 years, then take on Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) & Falcon retirement, the goal of BFR is to enable someone to move to the Moon, Mars, and finally to the outer planets, "Musk tweeted on Sunday. The "Block-5" Booster is designed to allow 10 or more flights with very limited modernization as SpaceX continues to strive for faster reusability and extremely high reliability. Emagazine.credit-suisse.com/app/art … = 157 & lang = DE It will seem weird that we are launching rockets into the ocean rather than reusing them "Musk added.

The Falcon 9 rocket, intended to bring astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) in the future, has undergone many design changes to improve its reusability and reliability. These changes can make it easier for engineers to redevelop their first stages for more flights. The new rocket has improved its helium tanks, which are submerged in liquid fuel tanks in the second stage. The helium tanks were destroyed on September 1, 2016 in a pre-launch test, causing an explosion.
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The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, with which Mars is explored – a target that Musk aims to achieve by 2022 – will be in the harbor of Los Angeles. According to media reports, the LA Board of Harbor Commissioners has unanimously agreed that SpaceX may build the BFR Mars rocket in a new facility on Terminal Island in the Port of Los Angeles. The report said the new rocket production facility would be built on 19 hectares of land on the largely artificial island that is part of the port. The plant would employ up to 700 people, according to SpaceX.

According to Musk, the huge new rocket would be nearly 350 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter. Last month NASA's next planet fighter, the Transit Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess), was successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. It is expected that Tess will find thousands of new exoplanets near stars, including those that could support life.

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