SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket

12 May, 2018, 10:58 | Author: Sherry Houston
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The launch will be webcast by SpaceX here.

The Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 includes improvements such as upgraded heat shields to protect the rocket's base during re-entry.

The rocket had its share of hangups to get to the successful launch today. He added that the Block 5 rockets should be able to launch at least 10 times before needing any major work.

The private space company enthusiastically shared on social media photos of all the important moments of the "Block 5" Falcon 9 launch, including an image of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite in the geostationary transfer orbit. The bird detached from the second rocket stage, and is now maneuvering into geostationary orbit around Earth, where it will handle internet communications and television broadcasting for Bangladesh's main telco.

In addition, the new booster features a suite of reliability upgrades created to satisfy NASA's stringent crew-carrying standards, because SpaceX will use the Block 5 - as well as the company's Dragon capsule- to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). The backup launch window opens today at 4:14 pm EDT and just as on Thursday, that window will remain open for roughly two hours. Weather may be a little iffy, though; there's a 60 percent chance of good conditions.

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The rocket's first stage was successfully recovered, landing on the "Of Course I Still Love You" offshore droneship, about 8 minutes after the launch.

With greater refurbishment, a Block 5 could be launched up to 100 times. The first crewed flights of the Block 5-Dragon system could come as early as this year, SpaceX representatives have said.

The rocket is the latest version of the company's Falcon 9 platform and its design is very easy to refurbish and reuse.

The president also thanked the Post and Telecommunications Division, the BTRC, the satellite project, the officials and employees of Bangladesh Satellite Company Limited and all those involved in the construction and launch of the satellite. With the new (and possibly final) style of the Falcon 9 was the first satellite ever for the nation of Bangladesh. SpaceX intends to use it in combination with the Dragon capsule in order to execute commercial contracts with NASA for delivery of astronauts on Board the worldwide space station.

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