SpaceX rocket launch scrubbed at last minute

Gladys Abbott
May 11, 2018

The mission is slated to use the company's latest version of its workhorse rocket, called the Falcon 9 Block 5 a new 23-story tall giant rocket and spaceship combo, the BFR, for the first time taking into space the first high-orbit communications satellite ever for the country of Bangladesh. "Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability". A delay to Friday would see a drop to 60 percent favorable for the same reason. For comparison, older Block 4 versions flew a maximum of two missions before retirement.

-A different interstage, or segment that sits between the first and second stages, that now sports an unpainted, black look. SpaceX engineers have also included extra shielding at the base of the rocket to protect the booster's propulsion systems as they reenter the atmosphere.

-Retractable black landing legs, compared to the Block 4's white ones. On the Thursday call with reporters, Musk said both the efficiency and thrust of the rocket engine have increased.

"We expect there would be literally no action taken between flights, so just like aircraft", Musk said.

The block 5 first stage has parts that have been redesigned to lessen the amount of refurbishing work needed to ready the booster for another launch and also increase safety to a level that will allow SpaceX to eventually take NASA astronauts to the International Space Station.

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SpaceX advertises Falcon 9 launches as starting at $62million.

Last week, the Block 5 rocket completed a successful static test fire, but it wasn't clear when the launch would happen. You can watch it live here at Space.com or directly via SpaceX.

Bangabandhu-1, which was built by the French company Thales Alenia Space, will be Bangladesh's first communications satellite. SpaceX was commissioned by the government of Bangladesh to ferry the Bangabandhu 1 into space earlier this year.

"Departing for Florida to witness historic Bangabandhu Satellite-1 launching", Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for the country's Information and Communication Technology Division, said via Twitter on Monday. Download the 10News app now.

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