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SpaceX to debut upgraded Falcon 9 rocket

11 May 2018, 01:13 | Francis Delgado

SpaceX to debut upgraded Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX launch for first Falcon 9 Block 5 set for Thursday evening

After it completes 10 flights, the Block 5 will be inspected and repaired, then used in 10 more flights.

The satellite on top of the rocket is Bangladesh's first. If it does go as planned, you can watch the launch via Space.com or directly via SpaceX's website. "Block 5 is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment", the company explains, on its website.

Falcon 9 Block 5 and Bangabandhu Satellite-1 went vertical on Pad 39A in Florida this morning. A backup launch window opens on Friday, May 11 at 4:14 p.m. EDT, or 20:14 UTC, and closes at 6:21 p.m. EDT, or 22:21 UTC.

Forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of favorable weather conditions for the launch attempt.

Bangabandhu-1 is a communications satellite and is named after Bangladesh's founding father, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman. BFR is key to SpaceX's plans to colonize Mars and will be launched from the company's south Texas launch site, Musk said Thursday.

SpaceX is set to debut the latest and most advanced version yet of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket, called the Block 5, on Thursday.

The Falcon 9 rocket Block 5 will be the first true test of SpaceX's reusable spacecraft.

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SpaceX also launched its first Falcon Heavy rocket earlier this year, with the test flight laying the foundations for ambitious future missions. The helium is used to pressurize the propellant tanks and provide the muscle needed for steering.

Bangladesh will be the 57th country when Bangabandhu-1 to be launched into the orbital slot on 119.1 degree east longitude, which (slot) was bought from Russian satellite company "Intersputnik" at US$ 28 million in January 2015.

The authorities concerned, including Bangladesh delegation and SpaceX, held a review meeting in NY over the launching preparation on Wednesday morning (local time).

-An enhanced heat shield at the base to better survive re-entry, which gives the rocket more reusability capabilities.

Maiden launch of Block 5 rocket. In fact, rockets have to be disassembled and completely overhauled every time.

It is part of SpaceX's goal of rapid reusability and high reliability for its rockets.



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