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SpaceX to Launch Five Times in April, Test BFR by 2019

Accepted submission by takyon at 2018-03-13 00:32:12

SpaceX will attempt to launch five Falcon 9 rockets [] in April. This includes an International Space Station (ISS) resupply mission and a mission to launch Bangabandhu-1, Bangladesh's first satellite. The Bangabandhu-1 launch is planned [] to be the first to use SpaceX's Falcon 9 Block 5 [] rocket, which may be the final major iteration of Falcon 9 before replacement by BFR [].

At a South by Southwest (SXSW) panel, Elon Musk said that SpaceX could test the Big Falcon Rocket (BFR) "spaceship" as soon as the first half of 2019 []. The spaceship is the second stage of the complete BFR rocket, would be capable of reaching orbit without the first stage booster, and alone has over 50% more thrust than an entire Falcon 9.

The initial tests would likely be similar to the Grasshopper [] vertical takeoff and landing tests.

Also at USA Today [], MarketWatch [], and SpaceNews [].

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