SpaceX will try again to launch its newest Falcon 9 rocket


SpaceX lifted Bangladesh's first satellite into orbit Friday using an upgraded rocket designed for dozens of repeat flights including back-to-back, same-day launches.

SpaceX will try again Friday to launch a new version of its Falcon 9 rocket that could eventually carry astronauts into space.

Bangabandhu-1 will be Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite, and will provide satellite TV services as well as broadband connectivity and emergency communications services to the South Asian nation and the surrounding region.

A SpaceX Falcon 9 blasts off with NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite from Cape Canaveral, Florida, on April 18.

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SpaceX has successfully landed its Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket that will used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.

The satellite will offer video and communications coverage over Bangladesh and its territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal, as well as in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia. This is the most powerful version of the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket, one featuring upgrades that enhance its reusability. That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications.

The countdown was halted less than a minute before blastoff, in the final stage of the launch sequence, due to an unspecified glitch. He has said that his goal is to launch the same booster twice within 24 hours. With periodic refurbishment, a single first-stage booster could be capable of executing on the order of 100 flights before its retirement, he said.

"With the launch of Bangabandhu-1, we are hoisting our national flag into space".

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The United States has not flown humans to space since 2011.

Musk said after the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket in February that SpaceX will soon focus all of its engineering talent on building its Mars rocket, called BFR.

Elon Musk's SpaceX scrubbed the launch of its upgraded Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket moments before liftoff Thursday.

"Would you rather fly in an aircraft that has never had a test flight before or would you rather fly in an aircraft that has flown many times successfully?" he said.

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