SpaceX launches upgraded Falcon rocket after Thursday's delay

SpaceX launches upgraded Falcon rocket after Thursday's delay

SpaceX launches upgraded Falcon rocket after Thursday's delay

SpaceX has delayed the launch debut of its upgraded workhorse rocket. The emblem of Bangladesh's government decorated the exterior of the capsule holding the satellite. SpaceX tweeted a photo of the Falcon 9 as the rocket's first and second stage parted ways. As we noted yesterday, the fact that a country such as Bangladesh - which only just achieved "Developing Country" status from the United Nations in March of this year - is able to afford the launch of a satellite is a credit to SpaceX and the commercial spaceflight industry as a whole.

Elon Musk's company managed to launch its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket without any incidents, acing both the liftoff and the landing of the booster's first stage, reports.

Subscribe to Times of San Diego's free daily email newsletter! . That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications. Thanks to the changes, the Block 5 shouldn't require as much time or effort to be made flight-ready again once it lands. The activities involved a landing attempt by the Falcon 9's first stage, which touch down on the robotic SpaceX ship positioned in the Atlantic Ocean. But in the eight-year history of flying Falcon 9 rockets, SpaceX has only ever sent the same rocket to space twice.

These improvements are not only aimed at making the Falcon 9 more reliable and reusable, but is also in anticipation of the first flights of the Crew Falcon, which will carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

The newly minted Block-5 edition of the Falcon 9 - equipped with about 100 upgrades for greater power, safety and reusability than its Block-4 predecessor - lifted off at 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center. The satellite will eventually travel to a path 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas. It's the first satellite belonging to Bangladesh.

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