SpaceX Postpones First Commercial Launch of Updated Falcon 9 Rocket

Space X's Falcon 9 rocket

Space X's Falcon 9 rocket

SpaceX tweeted after the launch was aborted that "a standard ground system auto abort" occurred but that the rocket and the payload were in good health.

The launch window tomorrow is from 4:14 to 6:21 pm ET.

Ultimately, the new Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will be used to carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS) on the Dragon capsule, now still under development.

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

The new rocket is SpaceX's latest innovation to increase the reusability of its launching system.

Until now, SpaceX has only ever used any of its boosters twice.

Once again, SpaceX will live stream the Block 5 launch.




"We expect there would be literally no action taken between flights, so just like aircraft", Musk said.

If the mission succeeds, SpaceX's engineers will carefully examine the entire rocket to confirm that their design succeeded in surviving the rigors of space travel, no worse for the wear.

The rocket was supposed to take off yesterday afternoon, but Spacex scrubbed the launch after something triggered an automatic abort command at the last second.

Today's launch window was open from 4:17 - 6:22 pm ET.

"Now targeting liftoff at 5:47 pm (2147 GMT)", SpaceX said on Twitter of the rocket, which went vertical earlier in the day at a NASA launchpad at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

"Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean".

Bangabandhu will beam direct-to-home services, video, small aperture terminal communications as well as broadband to rural areas across Bangladesh. The satellite is expected to bring Ku-band coverage to Bangladesh and the Bay of Bengal in addition to surrounding countries.

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