Space X aborted Bangladesh's rocket launch at last minute due to technical

TODAY: SpaceX makes second attempt to launch Block 5

The new version of the rocket is outfitted with upgrades created to make it more durable so it can be reused as many as 10 times, dramatically cutting the costs of space missions.

The Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, as the latest version is called, carried the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into orbit.

"The satellite will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country", said a SpaceX statement, noting that the mission is expected to last at least 15 years.

The Block 5 era began with today's liftoff from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida at 4:14 p.m. ET (1:14 p.m. PT). SpaceX landed the rocket's first stage back on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Block-5 marks the final version of the Falcon 9 lineup before SpaceX introduces its super heavy-lift launch vehicle, dubbed the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be created to send manned missions to Mars.

This is the most powerful version of the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket, one featuring upgrades that enhance its reusability. Central Time with the deployment of the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit. Insane hard. We still need to demonstrate it. With periodic refurbishment, a single first-stage booster could be capable of executing on the order of 100 flights before its retirement, he said.

The updated rocket is created to be reusable, which would drastically reduce costs of trips to space.

Since then, the USA government has been forced to rely on Russian Federation to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The spaceship portion of the BFR system could begin short-hop testing, similar to the Falcon 9's early Grasshopper test flights, as early as next year.

"Would you rather fly in an aircraft that has never had a test flight before, or do you want to fly on an aircraft that has flown many times successfully?" he told reporters. That's how the company intends to shave launch costs.

The satellite will offer video and communications coverage over Bangladesh and its territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal, as well as in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

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