Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Tech | By Amelia Peters

Happening today: New rocket launches

Happening today: New rocket launches

After several delays, SpaceX is scheduled to launch its new Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket Thursday evening from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

"Standing down today due to a standard ground system auto-abort at T-1 min", SpaceX said in a statement after Thursday's scrubbed launch.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission will be the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

The launch window tomorrow is from 4:14 to 6:21 pm ET. The new Block 5 would change that; it would require little work between flights aside from inspections, refueling, attaching the payload and fairing. The launch window was originally set to open at 4:12 p.m. EDT and the launch was pushed to 5:47 p.m. EDT, the company tweeted.

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SpaceX is targeting a launch window at 9.15pm BST (4.14pm ET) on Friday, May 11.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch.

As usual, after its takeoff, the new SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5, which has been rescheduled for today at 16:14 - 18:21 EDT, will attempt a ideal landing on the renowned Atlantic Ocean's SpaceX platform, "Of course I still love you".

The satellite's mission is expected to last at least 15 years. "The launcher and his cargo are in good condition", declared a SpaceX spokesperson but without mentioning the reasons why the shuttle takeoff was aborted with 58 seconds before its scheduled launch.

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