SpaceX successfully launches newest reusable rocket

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Falcon 9 B1046.2 successfully landed aboard OCISLY after its second launch, paving the way for its third mission and beyond.

The Falcon 9 with the Block 5 launched from Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. Merah Putih translates into "red and white" and is a reference to the colors on Indonesia's national flag.

The rocket carried the Merah Putih satellite into orbit, which will provide internet and phone services across Indonesia and Southeast Asia, according to SpaceX.

SpaceX is aiming for another commercial satellite launch from the Cape later this month - potentially its fourth launch in as many weeks.

SpaceX successfully landed the rocket's first stage for a second time on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean.

SpaceX upgraded its Falcon 9 rocket earlier this year and launched the booster back in May.

Today's launch was the third SpaceX mission in 16 days, and the company's 15th launch of the year overall. "This is possible due to those Block 5 upgrades, which brings SpaceX closer to its goal of full and rapid rocket reusability", she said on tonight's webcast, which was watched by more than 25,000 YouTube users at its peak.

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Musk has said that reusing rockets is essential for cutting costs in spaceflight and making space exploration more accessible. SpaceX plans to re-launch a Block 5 rocket on Tuesday just three months after its original flight.

Update 1:50 AM ET: Merah Putih is in position. The satellite is owned by PT Telcom, the largest provider of telecommunications services in Indonesia. After 18 years of service, beyond it design life, Telkom-1 suffered a fuel leak a year ago and began to break apart in orbit, disrupting services.

Officials from Telkom Indonesia expected the Telkom 1 satellite, which launched in 1999, to remain operational until Merah Putih's launch.

In December 2015, the Falcon 9 rocket achieved the first ever orbital class rocket landing after returning from delivering 11 communications satellites and this year, it launched Falcon Heavy, the heaviest rocket in use.

"Satellite plays a vital role in our telecommunications infrastructure", said Zulhelfi Abidin, Telkom's chief technology officer.

SpaceX only had a two-hour launch window that opened at 1:18 am EST Tuesday in which to complete the mission.

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