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How and when to watch the Bangabandhu launch

How and when to watch the Bangabandhu launch

The launch was originally scheduled for Thursday afternoon, but the Falcon 9's computers initiated an abort with just 58 seconds left in the countdown.

"The vehicle and payload are in good health", said a SpaceX spokesman.

"The 3.7-tonne satellite will travel vertically up to 36,000km from the launch pad before making adjustments for orbit, and it will take 10 days for that", project Director Mezbahuzzaman said. For example, the rocket's metal engine support structure, known as the Octaweb, will now have a bolted design, rather than a welded one.

However, Andy Lambert, vice president of production for SpaceX, pointed out in a Reddit post that an upwards of 10 times is probably more achievable for now.

Among the reusability upgrades are an improved heat shield, extra thermal protection coating to limit re-entry heating damage and a set of retractable landing legs for rapid recovery and shipping, which will help cut the turnaround time for launches. The titanium grid fins require no refurbishment work between flights, he said. Block 5 will also likely be the final upgrade to Falcon 9. STP-2 has a number of objectives, including demonstrating the new rocket's capabilities and launching several satellites.

"There's lots of new things in this rocket that could potentially go wrong", Musk warned reporters in a call ahead of the flight.




The total cost of one of its Falcon 9 launches is estimated to reach £44 million ($61m), while each of its larger Falcon Heavy flights costs £65 million ($90m).

Elon Musk's SpaceX will fly Bangladesh's first satellite into orbit today in a mission that amounts to a dress rehearsal for taking astronauts into orbit.

SpaceX plans to launch Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite on Thursday around 4:42 p.m. ET.

This goal can only be achieved if the new Falcon 9 version can really be reuse faster and easier.

The Block-5 will also be used to launch U.S. Air Force global positioning satellites and other high-value, military and national security payloads.

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