SpaceX launches newly updated Falcon 9 rocket

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

A Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, an upgrade version of the SpaceX, was launched at 4-14pm (local time) from LC-39A pad to deliver the 7,700 pound Bangabandhu-1 satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit.

SpaceX is slated to launch the first high-orbit communications satellite ever for the country of Bangladesh, and the company is using its most advanced Falcon 9 yet for the job.

Last month, NASA's next planet-hunter, the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (Tess), was successfully launched on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida.

Finally, SpaceX has launched their most sophisticated & modern technology rocket Falcon 9 on 11th May.

It is the first launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5, which is the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 vehicle.

May 12 is a red-letter day for Bangladesh when the country moved to a new era by launching its first "Bangabandhu-1" satellite.

After liftoff, the rocket made a successful upright landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean, marking the 25th successful touchdown for SpaceX. The launch window opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT, or 20:12 UTC, and closes at 6:22 p.m. EDT, or 22:22 UTC. This new and improved model will be used to launch astronauts for NASA in the coming year. Scheduled to launch Thursday, the launch got unexpectedly scrubbed within a minute of its expected launch. SpaceX aims to fly each Block 5 booster ten times with only inspections in between, and up to 100 times with refurbishment.

All of these efforts have the goal of developing reusable rockets and spacecraft, which SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said is a priority in slashing the cost of space travel, to push forward ambitious missions such as the colonization of Mars.

By the end of 2017, Musk aims to launch two missions with the same rocket in the span of 24 hours. In addition, there have been improvements to the landing legs to make them retractable for easier recovery.

There was additional element of stress on Musk and the SpaceX team, as the payload was the $250 million Bangabandhu satellite. It's also created to be safer and more reliable for astronauts who will be launched to the space station by SpaceX within the next year.

Musk says he hopes to produce 30 to 50 Block 5s for the Falcon 9.

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