SpaceX launches latest version "block 5" of Falcon 9 rocket

TODAY: SpaceX makes second attempt to launch Block 5

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket Friday afternoon, carrying Bangladesh's first satellite, in a second attempt to launch its upgraded workhorse rocket. Central Time with the deployment of the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit.

After the March 2017 launch of a previous Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk said that, "The most important part of Block 5 will be operating the engines at their full thrust capability, which is about 7 or 8 percent nearly 10 percent more than what they now run at".

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

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The company stated that the Block 5 model "is created to be capable of 10 or more refurbishments, and is very limited", which will help shorten the time between successive launches, which the company has been doing for some time. The satellite was successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbit; the Block 5, meanwhile, landed on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic. It's the first time the country will send a communications satellite to this high of an orbit. You can watch the entire thing in SpaceX's video below.

The Falcon 9 will eventually transport astronauts to the ISS under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

According to NASA's current estimates, Boeing could conduct its first crewed test flight in November, and SpaceX should notch its first crewed test mission in December.

The launching, done on behalf of the Bangladesh government, enables use of most areas of the nation.

In addition to the satellite, the Falcon 9 launch could represent a major change in the operations and reliability of the SpaceX rockets.

Named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, the communication satellite is destined to provide the people of Bangladesh with a wide array of services, "including phone services, backhaul, radio, direct-to-home TV, and internet", Thales Alenia Space, the French company that built the satellite, said in a statement.

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