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

SpaceX Set to Debut Newest Falcon 9 Rocket'Block 5

Last week, Musk shared a picture of the rocket making its way to the launch pad. Once in orbit and checked out by Thales, the satellite will be operated by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

Block 5 is designed for 10 or more flights with limited refurbishment and should be capable of additional flights with further testing.

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. After the rocket separates, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the whimsically named "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

Elon Musk has referred to Block 5 as the "finished version" of its reusable Falcon 9 rockets. "It's a reliability upgrade that combines reliability and reusability".

SpaceX tries to re-use rockets, payload fairings, boosters and other parts to try to cut down on the cost of each rocket mission.

"I'm stressed. Any good wishes would be appreciated", Musk said. The block 5 upgrades are created to meet the stringent safety requirements for such missions.




SpaceX recently got a permit to begin constructing the first BFR spaceships in the Port of Los Angeles, about a dozen miles south of the company's headquarters.

The first crew-carrying flights using this system could come as early as this year, SpaceX representatives have said.

Launch window to start at 4:12 p.m. There's just a 20 percent chance that bad weather will spoil the attempt, officials with the U.S. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron said on Monday (May 7).

Although the company hasn't outlined all the changes, there will be a stronger heat shield for the trip back through the Earth's atmosphere and new retractable landing legs.

The second stage's MVac engine - a vacuum-optimized Merlin 1D - will ignite at T+2mins 36secs to take the Bangabandhu-1 satellite to its initial orbit. It was originally published at 11:59 a.m. EDT on May 10, 2018.

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