Elon Musk: SpaceX will launch more rockets this year than any other country in the world
Company SpaceX made a successful launching of a Bangladeshi satellite "Bangabandhu-1" last Friday, with his new and "final" version of the famous Falcon 9 rocket.
This new version of the legendary rocket, called Falcon 9 Block 5, will open a new page in the history of space flights, according to the Mask.
"I believe the Falcon 9 rocket became the most frequently launched missile in the world in 2017," he told reporters Thursday night. "If all goes well, SpaceX will launch more missiles this year than any country on our planet."
Musk added that in 2019 SpaceX plans to launch a Falcon 9 rocket into space, to land its first stage, to analyze the state of the first stage, and then fully prepare the rocket for re-launch within 24 hours. According to the Mask, one particular instance of the rocket of this model will be able to fly into space at least 10 times, and in the future – at least 100 times.
However, despite such a high reliability of the Falcon 9 rocket, the Block 5 model will be the last version built by SpaceX. The fact is that at present the American company, which has about 6,000 employees, throws all its efforts to develop a new heavy rocket called Big Falcon Rocket (BFR). It is expected that the two-stage rocket BFR will be above the Statue of Liberty (about 16 floors), the rocket will be designed for multiple use and will be able to deliver to Mars 100 crew and 150 tons of cargo. In the future, "if all goes well," as Musk puts it, SpaceX plans to replace all Falcon missiles, including Block 5, with BFR missiles.