SpaceX Delays Launch of Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket

  • SpaceX Delays Launch of Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Delays Launch of Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket

If all goes according to plan for Block 5, SpaceX could launch more missions with fewer rockets, all while having to oversee less work in between.

The launch was set to send Bangladesh's first communications satellite into orbit. In the past, SpaceX rockets have been only capable of making about two trips. Per Musk, building a recoverable first stage represents about 60% of the cost of a launch, with the expendable upper stage and carbon fiber nosecone accounting for another 30%, plus 10% for the operations of the launch itself. For SpaceX to become cost-effective, as it has aimed to do since the company was first founded, it has to make as many components on its rockets as reusable as possible.

The inaugural launch of the Block 5 will mark a milestone for SpaceX and its mission to make rockets as re-usable as commercial airplanes.

This would have been the first trip for the so-called Falcon 9 Block 5, which is created to meet NASA's requirements for human spaceflight. The "block 5" version of the booster incorporates numerous design changes to improve performance and safety, while allowing the company to refly first stages 10 times or more.

However, the launch time slipped before being scrapped on Thursday entirely. The launch windowopens at 4:42 p.m. and closes at 6:21 p.m.

The satellite would provide services in three categories - broadcasting, telecommunication and data communication - and also help boost the development of Bangladesh's telecom sector, Zunaid said. This wont be the first time SpaceX attempted a successful landing (and subsequent re-use) of a rocket, but it will be the first attempt by a Falcon 9 Block 5 as such.

The Falcon 9 Block 5 will be carrying the Bangladesh Communications Satellite Co.'s first orbital satellite, dubbed Bangabandhu-1.

The SpaceX boss has said that cutting down on labor costs could also reduce the cost of each rocket, perhaps by as much as 30%.

By shortening the turnaround time back into space and reducing the preparations needed for a new mission, SpaceX could lower the cost of launches even further.

Approximately 33 minutes after the launch, the satellite will be deployed into a geostationary orbit, SpaceX has said.

Current weather reports suggest the mission has an 80% chance of lifting off, and SpaceX has a window of about two hours to launch the mission.