SpaceX To Launch First "Block 5" Falcon 9 Rocket Thursday

11 May, 2018, 02:05 | Author: Julian Harrison
  • SpaceX launch for first Falcon 9 Block 5 set for Thursday evening

There was an abort on the planned 5:47 p.m. EDT launch from Launch Pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Elon Musk's SpaceX is ready to launch the latest version of its reusable Falcon 9 rocket for the first time on Thursday. But first it needs at least 7 successful launches before NASA will approve the rocket for human cargo.

If the launch doesn't happen Thursday, the weather squadron says a second possible launch window on Friday evening would encounter a bigger threat of thick cloud layers, dropping the probability of good launch weather to 60 percent.

The Bangabandhu-1 will provide services in three categories-broadcasting, telecommunication and data communication-and also help boost the development of the country's telecommunication sector, said Palak. Afterwards, the two-stage rocket's first stage will make an attempt to land on a drone ship off the Florida coast.

The "block 5" version of the craft features a number of design changes the company claims will improve performance and safety.

On board the rocket is the country of Bangladesh's first communications satellite. Regular refurbishing can allow the rocket to be reused dozens of times, making space travel more economical. Block 5 is the first iteration of the booster that is meant to be used in 10 launches with only minor refurbishing between uses.

Later, BTRC signed a deal involving Tk 2,000 crore with Thales Alenia Space to construct the first-ever satellite project.

It's time for SpaceX to test out the new rocket it hopes will eventually carry astronauts into space.

By shortening the turnaround time back into space and reducing the preparations needed for a new mission, SpaceX could lower the cost of launches even further.

"Falcon 9 threw the abort and they're part of the standard process", materials engineer Michael Hammersley said during a live webcast. The fact that a Least Developed Country was able to afford the cost of a satellite and launch campaign speaks to the enormity of how SpaceX has changed the launch market with its incredibly low cost and reliable Falcon 9, which comes in at a baseline (brand new first stage) price of just $62 million United States dollars, according to the company's website.



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