SpaceX launches Falcon 9 Block 5

SpaceX launch for first Falcon 9 Block 5 set for Thursday evening

The launch windowopens at 4:42 p.m. and closes at 6:21 p.m.

SpaceX hasn't released official specifications for its Block 5 rockets yet, but it has shared some information about improvements to this generation's reusability and reliability.

FUN FACTS: With this launch, Bangladesh will be the 57th country with a geostationary communication satellite in space, orbiting our Earth.

NASA will study this launch and the next half dozen launches of the Block 5 rocket before giving it's stamp of approval.

If SpaceX is unable to launch the satellite on Thursday, a backup window is scheduled for Friday.

The launch window for today is from 4:12 p.m.

Air Force weather forecasters expect 80 percent "go" conditions for the launch of Bangladesh's Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite, citing the presence of thick clouds as the only concern.

Elon Musk's spaceflight company hopes to send the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into space this afternoon (Thursday, May 10) from Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The launch process has two phases - the first is the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) and the second phase is Satellite in Orbit.

The rocket was set to carry the Bangabandhu satellite-1, the first satellite for Bangladesh, into orbit from Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX is debuting the new rocket today with the launch of Bangladesh's first satellite. A fully-reusable Falcon 9 will realize that dream, and the CEO is "certain" that SpaceX can and will build it - BFR may be the new aspiration, but Falcon 9 will continue to be the company's proving ground for years to come. The previous versions of the first stage booster have flown twice at most. SpaceX has also added features to enable the rocket's 16-story booster - the largest and most expensive part, as it makes up about 70% of total launch costs - to launch, land, and be reused.

One of the most significant changes is the use of stronger high-pressure helium tanks, known as composite overwrapped pressure vessels, or COPVs, that are submerged in the rocket's liquid oxygen propellant tanks.

"Falcon 9 threw the abort and they're part of the standard process", materials engineer Michael Hammersley said during a live webcast. The new tanks are created to eliminate that failure mode and are required for NASA's commercial crew program.

The takeoff will be neat - the landing will be even neater than neat. "We tried to summarize all of these lessons learned into a booster that then is able to fly and be recovered and fly again multiple times without a lot of refurbishment".

F9 B1046 offers a glimpse of its Block 5 Merlins, octaweb, and heat shielding.

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