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SpaceX successfully launches rocket one day after failed attempt

The changes incorporated into the Block 5 version of the rocket are meant to allow at least 10 reuses of the first-stage booster and improve performance and turnaround time between launches.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission is the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

SpaceX is slated to launch the first high-orbit communications satellite ever for the country of Bangladesh, and the company is using its most advanced Falcon 9 yet for the job.

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

Minutes after launch, the rocket's first-stage booster flew itself to a touchdown on an oceangoing platform known as "Of Course I Still Love You".

The Block 5 variation of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket will be the last major upgrade the company's workhorse rocket. That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications. Central Time with the deployment of the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into geostationary orbit.

But the countdown came to an abrupt halt with less than a minute remaining.

The upgraded Falcon 9 is created to be used up to 10 times with only minor refurbishment. With periodic refurbishment, a single first-stage booster could be capable of executing on the order of 100 flights before its retirement, he said. He has said that his goal is to launch the same booster twice within 24 hours.

While the Block 5 rocket launch did not carry a crew, a crew-carrying version could launch as early as this year. 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.

Musk said after the inaugural launch of the Falcon Heavy rocket in February that SpaceX will soon focus all of its engineering talent on building its Mars rocket, called BFR.

The Block-5 also marks another milestone for Musk's California-based company.

The Falcon 9 and the satellite were faring well, SpaceX reported.

Reusability is a key priority for Musk and his company.

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket developed by SpaceX completed its mission 3:50 p.m.

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