SpaceX debuting newest Falcon 9 rocket during launch Thursday

SpaceX debuting newest Falcon 9 rocket during launch Thursday

SpaceX debuting newest Falcon 9 rocket during launch Thursday

Hawthorne-based SpaceX will look to make yet another rocket-industry advancement Thursday when it attempts the first launch of its refurbished Falcon 9 rocket created to make it more durable for re-use in future missions.

Elon Musk's SpaceX is readying for the debut launch of the fifth and final version of its Falcon 9 rocket this afternoon, May 10.

Just about a minute before scheduled lift-off at 5:47 p.m. EDT, the launch computer aborted blast-off shortly after it entered its startup mode.

See our Mission Status Center for updates and details on the launch.

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

The rocket will deliver the satellite to geostationary transfer orbit a half hour after launch.

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He said Thursday that he's anxious about the launch, since a considerable number of things have the potential to go wrong.

Along with helping SpaceX streamline launch operations, the block 5 booster eventually will be used to launch astronauts to the International Space Station as well as high-priority national security payloads for the Pentagon.

The Block 5 has a slew of upgrades, such as improvements to the rocket's heat shield, additional thermal protection coating to prevent heat damage upon re-entry into the earth's atmosphere and retractable landing legs. That's a big milestone for the country, and it's been made possible thanks to the plummeting costs of space launches.

SpaceX's overall mission record to date shows a steady, reliable, and building track record of small nations coming to SpaceX and the Falcon 9 for their launch needs, and the same is true for corporations and the USA government - with SpaceX securing numerous launch contracts from SES and clandestine missions for the US government.

With just 58 seconds remaining in the countdown, Falcon 9 threw an abort just as the vehicle took over the countdown. "We tried to summarize all of these lessons learned into a booster that then is able to fly and be recovered and fly again multiple times without a lot of refurbishment".

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