Elon Musk's SpaceX successfully re-launches rocket

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The first-stage booster previously soared in May, the first time out the gate for this upgraded rocket.

SpaceX has successfully reused the first Falcon 9 Block 5 booster less than three months after the rocket's major reliability and reusability upgrade debuted.

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In the tiny hours of Tuesday morning, SpaceX launched an Indonesian satellite in its 15th flight this year. Today's launch put Indonesia's Merah Putih satellite to a high geostationary transfer orbit. The spacecraft - whose name translates as "red and white", a reference to the colors of the Indonesian flag - will become part of the network run by PT Telkom Indonesia, the nation's largest telecommunications provider.

Tonight's focus on the refurbished, soot-stained booster stole the spotlight from Merah Putih, an SSL-built satellite that's created to provide a range of telecommunication services from geostationary orbit, including mobile broadband access across Indonesia and Southeast Asia.

The satellite is expected to be in service for 15 or more years.

The glare of a Falcon 9 rocket launch lights up the night at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

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Due to the success of this landing, which was the 28th booster that the company has ever recovered, Falcon 9 may go into space for the third time. SpaceX CEO Elon Musk has called Block 5 "the most reliable rocket ever built".

"For instance, its grid fins, which are used for steering the rocket back from space, are made out of titanium, so they won't catch fire on the way back to Earth". After the vehicle landed on one of SpaceX's drone ships on completion of its flight, the company did its inspection and refurbishment over the last three months to get it ready for flight again. Uncrewed tests of the full human-rated launch system still have to be completed, but each successful Block 5 launch gives NASA (and SpaceX) greater confidence.

Update 1:50 AM ET: Merah Putih is in position.

The new satellite will replace the aging Telkom 1 satellite, which has been in operation since 1999.

"Satellite plays a vital role in our telecommunications infrastructure", said Zulhelfi Abidin, Telkom's chief technology officer. Another predawn Falcon 9 flight from Vandenberg Air Force Base in California on July 25 delivered 10 Iridium voice and data relay payloads to orbit.

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