SpaceX calls off launch of its new rocket at the last minute

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After several delays, SpaceX is scheduled to launch its new Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket Thursday evening from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida. SpaceX founder Elon Musk has said this will be the final "substantial" upgrade to the Falcon 9 rocket, optimizing the booster for reuse.

Moving forward, it will be interesting to see how SpaceX can continue to advance our exploration into space and continue to make a name for themselves in the aerospace industry with the new capabilities afforded by spacecraft like the Falcon 9 rocket Block 5. The satellite is called Bangabandhu-1, meaning "Friend of the Bengals", a reference to Mujibur Rahman, who led the country to independence in 1971. You can watch it live here at Space.com or directly via SpaceX. In total, more than 50 of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets have been launched to date. Company insiders believe that SpaceX wants NASA to use the rocket to carry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

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The Bangabandhu-1 will provide services in three categories-broadcasting, telecommunication and data communication-and also help boost the development of the country's telecommunication sector, said Palak.

With greater refurbishment, a Block 5 could be launched up to 100 times. When Block 5 proves itself today, the US space program will be one step closer to the first crew mission in years.

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SpaceX, which conducted a successful static test fire of the Block 5 earlier this month, said the rocket has numerous upgrades from its predecessor, the Block 4. Forecasters are predicting an 80 percent chance of acceptable weather.

Hawthorne-based SpaceX will have to wait at least one more day before debuting its refurbished Falcon 9 rocket, with Thursday's planned launch scrubbed at the last minute due to a technical issue. The previous versions of the first stage booster have flown twice at most.

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"Block 5 basically summarizes all that we learned on reusability", Hans Koenigsmann, vice president of build and flight reliability at SpaceX, said during a news conference in April. The rocket is created to launch twice in a 24-hour period. At the time of this update, the rescheduled time for liftoff was aimed at 5:47 PM Eastern Time (that's 21:47 GMT).

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