Watch live as SpaceX launches its most advanced Falcon 9 rocket yet

11 May, 2018, 00:33 | Author: Becky Perry
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India will now face competition for the first time as Bangladesh launches its first communication satellite today using an upgraded version of the Falcon-9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Centre, Cape Canaveral, Florida, USA.

When the first Falcon 9 Block 5 takes flight from pad 39A at 4:12 p.m., it will take with it enhancements gleaned from two years of launching, landing and re-launching rockets. SpaceX CEO and Grimes' new soulmate Elon Musk says the Block 5 will carry NASA astronauts to space as soon as December, 2018, with a few test flights before then.

A backup window is set for Friday. Forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of acceptable weather. Afterwards, the two-stage rocket's first stage will make an attempt to land on a drone ship off the Florida coast.

Space.com reports that, while SpaceX has landed and a re-launched a number of Falcon 9 first stages, none has been launched more than twice.

What is Block 5? The satellite will bring uninterrupted telecommunication system in Bangladesh.

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The Falcon Heavy mission for the Air Force will be SpaceX's first for a paying customer. They've ferried thousands of pounds of cargo to and from the International Space Station, put dozens of commercial satellites into orbit, launched classified military payloads, and raked in billions of dollars. SpaceX will live-stream the launch here 20 minutes before liftoff, at around 3:50 pm today.

This goal can only be achieved if the new Falcon 9 version can really be reuse faster and easier.

Yet SpaceX engineers have constantly tinkered with the rocket over the past decade, adding new features, increasing efficiency, and boosting power.

For its debut flight, the first completely Block 5 Falcon 9 (both the first and second stages are Bock 5 iterations) will be tasked with taking the Bangabandhu-1 satellite into Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

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