SpaceX makes second attempt to launch Block 5

TODAY: SpaceX makes second attempt to launch Block 5

SpaceX halts countdown of first commercial launch of updated Falcon 9 rocket in Florida

Los Angeles-based SpaceX on Friday launched and landed its most recoverable rocket yet - one that is expected to carry US astronauts to the International Space Station beginning later this year.

The Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket's main goal for its maiden mission was to propel a communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1, to a geostationary transfer orbit roughly 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers) above Earth. This is the 25th successful Falcon 9 powered touchdown.

Fundamentally, this launch is a historic achievement for SpaceX.

Falcon 9 Block 5 successfully debuted earlier today, completing a nearly-flawless launch and landing.

Such activities are part of the company's efforts to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets and spacecraft.

SpaceX aims to reduce the cost of spaceflight through reusability.

The Block 5 has new, black landing legs that are retractable.

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With greater refurbishment, a Block 5 could be launched up to 100 times.

It is the first launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5, which is the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 vehicle. And this boost was achieved without an increase in mass, Musk added. They will eventually be used to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

SpaceX holds a multibillion-dollar contract with NASA to provide such taxi services. "This rocket is really created to be - the intent is to be the most reliable rocket ever built". Previous versions of the Falcon 9 could be launched only twice before retirement.

The rocket is slated to take off from SpaceX's launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.

She thanked France for helping Bangladesh make the satellite, the USA for taking the satellite to orbit, and Russian Federation for leasing the orbital slot to Bangladesh. Best of all? Even if you can't make it to Florida in the next few hours, you can still watch the liftoff live from SpaceX's website. Officials in that area expect Bangladesh's first satellite to improve telephone, data, television, Internet, and emergency communications throughout Bangladesh and beyond - going as far as Indonesia and the Philippines.

Satellite launching company SpaceX successfully threw Bangabandhu-1, the country's first commercial satellite, to the orbit in USA local time 4:14pm (Bangladesh time 2:14am).

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