The highly-anticipated launch of the "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket finally took place today, marking the debut of SpaceX's Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission.
Elon Musk's company managed to launch its upgraded Falcon 9 rocket without any incidents, acing both the liftoff and the landing of the booster's first stage, Space.com reports.
The new "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 4:14 p.m. EDT (20:14 GMT) and performed a perfect satellite launch that erased the memory of yesterday afternoon's boggled attempt.
The launch of the upgraded Falcon 9 rocket was initially scheduled for May 10, but an automatic abort triggered in the last minute forced SpaceX to scrub its first try of sending the "Block 5" into space. The much-awaited launch had to be pushed back almost 24 hours, until the next launching opportunity became available.
The new Falcon 9 rocket took off on its maiden voyage to carry into orbit Bangladesh's first communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1. According to a SpaceX news release, the rocket's second stage deployed the 3.9-ton (3.5 metric tons) satellite into a geostationary transfer orbit about 33 minutes after the Falcon 9 lifted off from KSC's historic Launch Pad 39A.