SpaceX reschedule Falcon 9 Rocket launch on May 11

  • SpaceX reschedule Falcon 9 Rocket launch on May 11

SpaceX reschedule Falcon 9 Rocket launch on May 11

After several delays, SpaceX is scheduled to launch its new Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket Thursday evening from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. "Rocket and payload are in good health - teams are working towards tomorrow's backup launch opportunity at 4:14 p.m. EDT, or 20:14 UTC". The "block 5" version of the booster incorporates numerous design changes to improve performance and safety, while allowing the company to refly first stages 10 times or more. A press release issued by the company said it would be the first-ever launch using the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket - the last in the series of SpaceX's workhorse orbital launcher.

After the launch, SpaceX will attempt to land the rocket's first stage on a drone ship (called "Of Course I Still Love You") off the Florida coast. It has more powerful engines and better heat shielding at the base of the rocket. Going into Thursday's launch, SpaceX's landing record stood at 24 successful booster recoveries, 12 on land and 12 on droneships. Reuters notes that SpaceX needs to check the data logs from the onboard computers to find out what went wrong with the launch so close to takeoff.

The Bangabandhu 1 will provide broadcast and communications services to Bangladesh.

It targets the launch at 4:42pm Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday or 2:42am on Friday in Bangladesh, the private space flight and technology company said in a Twitter message around two hours before the launch.

The next launch by Space Exploration Technologies appears nearly routine by now: A satellite owned by Bangladesh will blast toward orbit on top of a reusable Falcon 9 rocket, then the booster will land back on a drone ship to be launched again at a later date.

FUN FACTS: With this launch, Bangladesh will be the 57th country with a geostationary communication satellite in space, orbiting our Earth.

Part of SpaceX's goal is not just the highly publicized eventual colonization of Mars but the proliferation of access to space in general - regardless of nation, geopolitics, and economic development status.

NASA will study this launch and the next half dozen launches of the Block 5 rocket before giving it's stamp of approval. The previous versions of the first stage booster have flown twice at most.