SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 will refly in less than 24 hours in 2019 and 20% cheaper than previous Falcon 9

The first SpaceX block 5 booster was flown on May 11 and it is scheduled to be used again for a launch on Tuesday August 7. This will be a slightly less than three-month turnaround. SpaceX plans to shorten the turnaround time for block 5 to less than 24 hours between launches. Elon Musk plans to try a fast turnaround in 2019.

Block 5s should be able to withstand up to 10 flights with minimal refurbishment between missions and up to 100 with moderate work. Older versions of Falcon 9 were only reused for two flights.

Previous Falcon 9 cost $60 million to launch but the Block 5 only cost $50 million.

19 thoughts on “SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 will refly in less than 24 hours in 2019 and 20% cheaper than previous Falcon 9”

  1. The old system was so bugged I could barely put a word in.. It was rediculous. And then if my comment was not liked by Russian hackers posse they could remove it in matter of seconds. Solid Opinion board was COMPROMISED!

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  2. We’ll see. Solid Opinion was supposed to import the earlier comments, too. I don’t recall that working out particularly well.

    Considering that the Solid Opinion comments had formatting and links, and Vuukel rather relentlessly doesn’t, (It deletes anything it even suspects might be a link!), I don’t see how they’re not going to end up a real mess, if they import at all into this current system.

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  3. The original Space Shuttle goal for turn-around (landing to launch), was two weeks x 2 shifts = 160 work hours. SpaceX has so far managed a couple of months clock time refurbishing a booster, but the reflights have taken longer to happen. A given booster had to wait its turn to get a payload and and on the launch site schedule.

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  4. This potential s what makes the idea of a reusable F9 second stage still interesting. Launch, check/refurbish and launch again in a few days is basically the achievement of the original Space Shuttle dream.

    The reductions in cost due to reuse and the increase in launch cadence could perfectly justify the expense of producing the reusable 2nd stage and the smaller payload.

    In fact, it could still be interesting for the many applications not requiring a full BFR capacity.

    A difficult to beat proposition, unless BFR launches become really, really cheap by economics of scale.

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  5. The Falcon Heavy central booster is a special built one.

    But once they have the full stack up to the state they want, and assuming they have the side boosters and the central ones already prepared from previous missions, it could be quite fast (weeks, days?) to have something ready to fly again.

    This potential capability is so novel that it doesn’t register in our hard/realistic science fiction yet.

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  6. So, imagine you were to rewrite Andy Weir’s novel “The Martian” with 24-hour turn-around Falcon boosters to LEO. There’d be a problem getting from LEO to Mars, BUT what can we do if we dramatically increase our capacity to get stuff to LEO? How quickly to lash-together 3 block 5 Falcons to put a Falcon Heavy in the game?

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