SpaceX recently conducted a static fire test of the first Falcon 9 Block 5 Rocket. The launch window is scheduled on Monday, May 07, 2018. It is targeted to happen between 4:06 p.m. and 6:23 p.m. EDT. The aerospace company, SpaceX, is all set for the launch of the maiden flight of the upgraded Falcon 9 Block Rocket 5. It will take place at Kennedy Space Centre in Florida. The hold-down burn of the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket’s nine Merlin engines is expected today before 8 p.m. EDT. The 39A Rocket Launch Pad witnessed the last rocket launch about three months ago. It was Falcon Heavy’s launch by the SpaceX.
After the static fire test, SpaceX geniuses will comment on the health status of the new Falcon 9 rocket. It will initiate the launching of the Bangabandhu-1, a7, 700-lb. The Bangabandhu-1, a7, 700-lb is the geostationary satellite for communication for Bangladesh.
The static fire test will be concluded without much insight into the Rocket’s Payload Fairing. The Rocket Payload Fairing is usually mated at the top of the Falcon 9 rocket with the assistance of the customer’s satellite.
Before this, the launching of the Falcon 9 was scheduled in September 2016. SpaceX delayed its launch due to the onset of the Amos-6 disaster. Amos-6 disaster is the explosion which was experienced during the launch of the Falcon 9 in September 2016. It destroyed the launch fire, launch pad, and the satellite.
The Falcon 9’s landing legs are made retractable. It will facilitate for the post-recovery ground crews on both the coasts to reset the Falcon 9’s legs. This will avoid the complete removal of the rocket’s landing legs between the launches. SpaceX has also utilized its titanium grid fins in the Falcon 9 Block 5. The titanium grid fins are bear-trap-shaped. They are the permanent feature on the Block 5. It provides for the increased control and the aerodynamics.
After the evaluation of the Block 5, the rocket scientists will conclude on the fate of the Falcon 9 redesign. The flight will, in turn, provide some insights from the headquarters of SpaceX whether the rocket is ready for its Mars Mission or not.