SpaceX Falcon 9 Rocket launch successful


And this particular rocket will be showing off its landing skills after the flight.

SpaceX on Friday blasted off its newest and most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, known as the Block 5, carrying the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh and marking a leap forward in re-usability for the California-based aerospace company.

"We expect there would be literally no action taken between flights, so just like aircraft", Musk said, describing the many years of effort that went into the rocket as "crazy hard".

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.

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Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Block 5 sports numerous upgrades created to make the rocket easier to reuse. The communication satellite is named Bangabandhu-1 after the country's founding father. The satellite will eventually travel to a path 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas. Bangabandhu Satellite-1's mission is expected to last at least 15 years.

The rocket is slated to take off from SpaceX's launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida. That's how the company intends to shave launch costs. With less than a minute remaining before a scheduled launch, the countdown came to an abrupt stop because of a technical problem that caused an automatic abort. Weather may be a little iffy, though; there's a 60 percent chance of good conditions.