SpaceX debuts newest Falcon 9 rocket during launch Friday

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — SpaceX debuted its latest and most advanced version of the Falcon 9 rocket Friday, after Thursday's launch was scrubbed.



The first "Block 5" Falcon 9 launched the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the government of Bangladesh at 4:14 p.m from the Kennedy Space Center.

According to, the rocket will try to land on a robotic "drone ship" off the Florida coast shortly after liftoff.

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SpaceX officials have reportedly said the Block 5 features a number of upgrades to increase the rocket's reliability and reusability.

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