Space X aborted Bangladesh's rocket launch at last minute due to technical

SpaceX has successfully landed its Falcon 9 Block 5, the rocket that will used to transport astronauts to the International Space Station.

SpaceX sent a Bangladeshi telecommunications satellite into orbit today atop what CEO Elon Musk calls the "last major version" of its workhorse Falcon 9 rocket.

Liftoff occurred around 4:14 pm ET out of Kennedy Space Center in Florida - a day later than originally planned.

After pushing the satellite and Falcon 9's upper stage out of the Earth's lower atmosphere, the booster will return to land on the SpaceX autonomous ship in the Atlantic about 8 minutes after liftoff.

"Standing down today due to a standard ground system auto-abort at T-1 min", the company tweeted shortly after the launch was scrubbed".

The Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 includes improvements such as upgraded heat shields to protect the rocket's base during re-entry.

The company says the Block 5 variant "is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment", which will help cut down time between successive launches, which is something the company has been counting on for some time.

So far, the first-stage boosters have been recycled once, for a total of two flights apiece. Insane hard. We still need to demonstrate it.

The Block 5 model is created to satisfy NASA's requirements for launching astronauts as well as the Air Force's requirements for national security payloads.

Since then, the USA government has been forced to rely on Russian Federation to get astronauts to and from the International Space Station. "The rocket and payload are in good health - the team is striving for a backup transmitter tomorrow".

There will be additional "minor refinements" in Block 5, Musk said.

"Would you rather fly in an aircraft that has never had a test flight before or would you rather fly in an aircraft that has flown many times successfully?" he said. With three more missions completed at this point than the same time in 2017 - including the debut of Falcon Heavy, the most powerful rocket in the world - SpaceX is aiming for about 30 launches this year, according to SpaceX President and COO Gwynne Shotwell. The satellite will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country.

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