SpaceX scrubs launch of Block 5 rocket, reschedules for Friday

SpaceX scrubs launch of Block 5 rocket, reschedules for Friday

The rocket and the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 were set vertically on a launch pad at Kennedy Space Centre in the USA on Thursday morning local time, it said.

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

- The planned Thursday launch of a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket from Cape Canaveral was scrubbed with one minute before lift-off. The action will also feature a landing attempt by the Falcon 9's first stage, which will try to touch down on a robotic SpaceX ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. "The big breakthrough of Block 5 is it represents a new generation of design that they plan to re-fly 10 times", said Luigi Peluso, an aerospace and defence consultant at AlixPartners. 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.

Bangabandhu-1, which was built by the French company Thales Alenia Space, will be Bangladesh's first communications satellite. "Block 5 is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment", the company explains, on its website.

The newest model of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will make its debut today (May 10) and you can see the whole thing happen in live time. The weather is 80% favorable.

The satellite on top of the rocket is Bangladesh's first.

The rocket was set to carry the Bangabandhu satellite-1, the first satellite for Bangladesh, into orbit from Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Enhanced rocket reusability also is a core tenant of Musk's broader objectives for normalizing space travel and ultimately sending humans to Mars. The new tanks are created to eliminate that failure mode and are required for NASA's commercial crew program. But NASA still requires seven successful flights before the new rocket receives final certification for a manned mission.

Other changes include improved heat shield insulation at the base of the rocket, a tougher "octaweb" first stage engine mounting framework, redesigned turbopump machinery to minimize or eliminate small cracks in critical components and improved insulation in other areas of the rocket. The previous versions of the first stage booster have flown twice at most.

However, the precise reason for Thursday's automatic shutdown of the final launch sequence was not determined, reports Reuters.

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