The Article from Bangladeshi satellite launched successfully by SpaceX .
"It's really better in every way than the Block 4", Musk told journalists yesterday before the initially scheduled May 10 launch. Within the next year, Chief Executive Elon Musk wants to fly the same rocket twice within a 24-hour period.
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Watch the full mission again in the video found below.
Today's launch came after an abort on Thursday, which occurred at the T -1 minute mark due to a ground systems auto abort caused by a ground relay that had failed to reset after a system test.
SpaceX has landed and reflown boosters many times before. They include performance upgrades, manufacturing improvements, and "probably 100 or so changes" to increase the margin for demanding customers.
In recent months SpaceX has attempted to recover the $6 million payload fairing that splits into two after the launch of the Falcon 9 rocket and returns to the ocean. With the new (and possibly final) style of the Falcon 9 was the first satellite ever for the nation of Bangladesh.
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The Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, as the latest version is called, carried the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into orbit.
Named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of Bangladesh who was assassinated in 1975, the spacecraft will provide data services during a 15-year mission. "In the future, it will certainly appear odd that we utilized to collapse rockets right into the sea as opposed to recycling them", Musk included.
But Nasa still requires seven successful flights before the new rocket receives final certification for a manned mission.
SpaceX has no plans to use its Falcon Heavy, which is now the most powerful rocket in operation, to fly humans.
"The most important thing was addressing NASA's human rating requirements", Musk said. It transported nearly 4,100 Pounds of NASA cargo, technology & science demonstration prototypes from the ISS (International Space Station).
The BFR - Big Falcon Rocket will head to Mars by 2022 after it is built in the Port of LA. The Block 5 is also outfitted with improved navigation fins - which help guide the rocket's first stage back to Earth after delivering a satellite into orbit - made from fire-resistant titanium. Moments later, the second stage cut its burn.