Falcon 9 block 5 is on the launch pad

TODAY: SpaceX makes second attempt to launch Block 5

Falcon 9 Block 5 rolling onto launch pad as seen in Instagram post by Elon Musk.

The new "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 4:14 p.m. EDT (20:14 GMT) and performed a flawless satellite launch that erased the memory of yesterday afternoon's boggled attempt.

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket developed by SpaceX completed its mission 3:50 p.m. More likely than not, B1046 will then be reassembled, perhaps followed by extensive static-fire testing in Texas, after which it will likely return to SpaceX's operational rocket fleet, potentially conducting dozens of launches over the next several years.

It is the first launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5, which is the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 vehicle. The satellite is expected to expand communication capabilities across Bangladesh and in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia.

About 10 minutes after launch, the first stage of the Falcon 9 came back in for a pretty landing back on Earth.

Space Exploration Technologies Corp. launched its more reusable rocket for the first time, a major step forward in reducing the cost of space flight. In all, the rocket has a 130-minute launch window.

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"In the continuous advancement of Bangladesh another milestone is added today", said Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a video address aired on SpaceX's launch webcast.

SpaceX has landed and reflown boosters many times before. That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications.

In addition, the new booster features a suite of reliability upgrades created to satisfy NASA's stringent crew-carrying standards, because SpaceX will use the Block 5 - as well as the company's Dragon capsule- to ferry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

This launch will carry into orbit the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, which will provide TV, internet and other telecom services to Bangladesh and the surrounding region.

The Block 5 is the last version of the Falcon 9 that SpaceX will produce.

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