SpaceX launches its newest Falcon 9 rocket

  • SpaceX launches its newest Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX launches its newest Falcon 9 rocket

The first launch of a Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket from SpaceX.

The satellite will be carried on the newest version of the Falcon 9 - Falcon 9 Block 5 - which is meant to be reused with limited refurbishment after each launch.

SpaceX successfully launched a rocket Friday afternoon, carrying Bangladesh's first satellite, in a second attempt to launch its upgraded workhorse rocket.

The launch went off like many SpaceX missions before it.

It is the first launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5, which is the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 vehicle. The communication satellite is named Bangabandhu-1 after the country's founding father.

This latest version of the Falcon 9 blasted off Friday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center 4:14 pm - a day later than originally planned. The company has become quite successful at landing the largest part of the rocket - known as the first stage or booster. "That will be a very, very exciting outcome", he said.

The company stated that the Block 5 model "is created to be capable of 10 or more refurbishments, and is very limited", which will help shorten the time between successive launches, which the company has been doing for some time.

Since then, the USA government has been forced to rely on Russian Federation to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

Musk said there'll be no Block 6. This new and improved model will be used to launch astronauts for NASA in the coming year.

The updated rocket is created to be reusable, which would drastically reduce costs of trips to space.

"Would you rather fly in an aircraft that has never had a test flight before, or do you want to fly on an aircraft that has flown many times successfully?" he told reporters.

The company says the Block 5 variant can be re-flown as many as 10 times and can be easily refurbished between launches, which would drastically reduce the cost of a single launch.

He said the marginal cost of a orbital rocket launch could eventually fall to a slim fraction of that figure, but he cautioned that SpaceX still had to cover fixed costs. Bangabandhu Satellite-1's mission is expected to last at least 15 years.