SpaceX Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission set for Thursday launch

11 May, 2018, 04:44 | Author: Courtney Reynolds
  • BTV to telecast live Bangladesh’s first satellite launch

A Falcon 9 rocket has gone vertical on Thursday morning at Launch Complex 39A in Florida, and SpaceX is on track for the liftoff of a brand-new version of its workforce booster.

The Block 5 has a slew of upgrades, such as improvements to the rocket's heat shield, additional thermal protection coating to prevent heat damage upon re-entry into the earth's atmosphere and retractable landing legs.

Billionaire Elon Musk suffered another setback Thursday when SpaceX, the company he founded, scrubbed a Falcon 9 launch attempt.

It's clear that the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Block 5 launch is going to be a major step forward for the company, and may serve to finally establish the company as a provider of economically viable spaceflight.

It is part of SpaceX's goal of rapid reusability and high reliability for its rockets.

The latest changes to the Falcon 9 have been mainly driven by the need to meet NASA's requirements for its Commercial Crew Program. After separation, the first stage of the two-stage rocket will attempt to land on a robotic "drone ship" off the Florida coast shortly.

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If SpaceX is unable to launch the satellite on Thursday, a backup window is scheduled for Friday.

SpaceX founder and Tesla CEO Elon Musk said before the launch that a successful test flight could set up the Falcon Heavy's first launch for a paying customer just three to six months later. The previous versions of the first stage booster have flown twice at most.

SpaceX also plans to use the Falcon Heavy to launch an Arabsat satellite built by Lockheed Martin (LMT) sometime at the end of the year, marking its second mission for a paying customer.

The payload fairings are clam shell-like nose cone halves that protect the craft's payload.

'Although sometimes, my timelines are a little, you know.,' he joked.

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