SpaceX to test new rocket for astronauts

11 May, 2018, 04:46 | Author: Rosalie Gross
  • Bangladesh To Launch Its First Communications Satellite On Thursday

In the past, SpaceX rockets have been only capable of making about two trips. It's also created to be safer and more reliable for astronauts who will be launched to the space station by SpaceX within the next year. It is the country's first communications satellite. Once in place, the satellite will provide telecom services for Bangladesh and the surrounding region. STP-2 has a number of objectives, including demonstrating the new rocket's capabilities and launching several satellites.

It targets the launch at 4:42pm Eastern Daylight Time on Thursday or 2:42am on Friday in Bangladesh, the private space flight and technology company said in a Twitter message around two hours before the launch.

The Block 5 rocket is the final upgrade for SpaceX's Falcon 9 fleet.

SpaceX tries to re-use rockets, payload fairings, boosters and other parts to try to cut down on the cost of each rocket mission.

In addition to being reusable, the Falcon 9 rocket Block 5 is built to the utmost quality - meeting NASA's stringent crew-carrying requirements and now holding a multibillion-dollar NASA contract to fly astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

"I think the F9 boosters could be used nearly indefinitely, so long as there is scheduled maintenance and careful inspections", Musk said on Reddit in October 2016.

The launch was halted after a last-minute automatic abort, Spaceflight Now reported. But first it needs at least 7 successful launches before NASA will approve the rocket for human cargo.

If Elon Musk's space company also achieves this goal, the substantial savings made over this time should help the company finance its future projects such as the mission to Mars and the construction of the new BFR rocket. The company is set to launch the latest version of the Falcon 9 on Thursday. Weather conditions are forecast to be 80 percent go.

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