Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Science | By Joan Schultz

SpaceX launches upgraded Falcon rocket after Thursday's delay

SpaceX launches upgraded Falcon rocket after Thursday's delay

The new rocket is SpaceX's latest innovation to increase the reusability of its launching system.

The Falcon 9 Block 5 first stage moments after landing. Today's success marks the first time this rocket has been launched and successfully landed.

Minutes later, the rocket's main-stage booster flew itself back to Earth to land safely on an unmanned platform vessel floating in the Pacific Ocean.

Such activities are part of the company's efforts to develop fully and rapidly reusable rockets and spacecraft. This would greatly reduce overall costs of getting payloads into the air.

The Block 5's upgrades take another step in this direction.

The Block 5 is also more powerful than its predecessors, Musk said. And this boost was achieved without an increase in mass, Musk added. The booster will be taken apart for analysis before flying again in a few months. The fight spent on this contract over a quarter of a million dollars. Musk held a teleconference with space reporters on Thursday afternoon, a day before the launch. "This rocket is really created to be - the intent is to be the most reliable rocket ever built".

It wasn't just any Falcon 9 either. They will eventually be used to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

The updated rocket is meant to be removable, which could drastically reduce fees of journeys to distance.

"The satellite will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country", said a SpaceX statement, noting that the mission is expected to last at least 15 years.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch. It carried up the first satellite belonging to Bangladesh.

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

Manufacturer Thales Alenia of France will bear the liabilities for any eventuality, Shahjahan Mahmood told from Florida where SpaceX was ready for the second attempt to send the satellite to orbit early on Saturday Bangladesh time.

Through this launching Bangladesh will enter into a historic journey of elite satellite club and said people who are related with this process.

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