SpaceX Postpones First Commercial Launch of Updated Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Postpones First Commercial Launch of Updated Falcon 9 Rocket

SpaceX Postpones First Commercial Launch of Updated Falcon 9 Rocket

The launch will happen today somewhen between 16:14 and 18:21 EDT, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force base in Florida.

The countdown was halted less than a minute before blastoff, in the final stage of the launch sequence, due to an unspecified glitch.

SpaceX hopes to deliver Bangladesh's very first geostationary communications satellite into orbit.

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The SpaceX launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 was scrubbed on Thursday from Launch Complex 39A.

A backup launch window is ready or Saturday May 12 at 9.15pm BST (4.14pm ET). The technology incorporated in the Block 5 first stage allows the stage to be reused up to 10 times as is with just "limited refurbishment" between launches, according to SpaceX.

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 flawless landing on the renowned Atlantic Ocean's SpaceX platform, "Of course I still love you".

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The new launch window comes off the back of Elon Musk pulling the plug on Thursday's launch opportunity in the last 60 seconds.

SpaceX tweeted after the abort that it was a "standard ground system auto abort", without further explanation. The backup window for the launch set was set for 4:14 p.m. EDT Friday.

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Bangabandhu will beam direct-to-home services, video, small aperture terminal communications as well as broadband to rural areas across Bangladesh.

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