SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket


According to SpaceX founder Elon Musk, block 5 Falcon 9 rockets should be able to fly 10 or more times in a row with little to no maintenance.

The newest version of Falcon 9, Block 5 which carry Bangabandhu-1 satellite of the Bangladesh Government has been launched at 4:14 pm (2014 GMT) from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It's the last and most powerful version of the Falcon 9 that SpaceX plans to make, as the company switches its focus to developing a new giant rocket and spaceship combo, the BFR.

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

Through this launching Bangladesh will enter into a historic journey of elite satellite club and said people who are related with this process. The first stage of the Falcon 9 will return to Earth following launch and attempt a touchdown on one of SpaceX's autonomous drone ships in the Atlantic Ocean.

The French-made communications satellite, which cost USA $250 million, took off at 4:14 p.m.

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That doesn't tell us much, but it's enough to know that whatever caused the launch abort wasn't serious enough for the entire mission to be delayed.

B1046 completes successfully landed aboard OCISLY; hopefully the first of many more to come. By comparison, the other reused boosters that SpaceX has flown until now had a maximum of two launches each. This marks the 25th Falcon 9 landing for SpaceX.

These improvements are not only aimed at making the Falcon 9 more reliable and reusable, but is also in anticipation of the first flights of the Crew Falcon, which will carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

"It's really better in every way than the Block 4", Musk said, citing a range of upgrades from avionics to the thermal-protection sysem on the Block 5's first stage.

SpaceX, a privately-owned California-based space transportation firm, said in a statement that the satellite would provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding nations, and would also allow Bangladeshis living in remote, previously-unreached areas to receive internet and phone service.