Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

The updated rocket is created to be reusable, which would drastically reduce costs of trips to space.

SpaceX on Thursday aborted the launch of its planned first commercial flight of an updated Falcon 9 rocket from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, on a mission to carry a satellite into orbit for the government of Bangladesh.

"With the launch of Bangabandhu-1, we are hoisting our national flag into space".

"Successful deployment of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit", SpaceX said on Twitter. The satellite is expected to expand communication capabilities across Bangladesh and in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia.

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The Falcon 9 rocket used in Friday's launch was the first flight of an upgraded version of the rocket dubbed Block 5. The satellite will eventually travel to a path 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas. With less than a minute remaining before a scheduled launch, the countdown came to an abrupt stop because of a technical problem that caused an automatic abort.

The rocket is built to re-fly up to 10 times with minimal refurbishment, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told reporters ahead of the launch. SpaceX also succeeded in completing its 25th recovery of the Stage 1 Falcon 9 rocket booster as it landed on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You". The eventual plan is for the rockets to land vertically, be taken back down to horizontal, have a new payload attached, be put back upright on the launchpad, and sent back into space.

It will mark the first time since the end of the United States space shuttle program in 2011 that a rocket has left U.S. soil carrying people to space.

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