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Bangabandhu1 Block5 Falcon9 by SpaceX | by Michael Seeley
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Bangabandhu1 Block5 Falcon9 by SpaceX

This is an ultra-high resolution image of the Bangabandhu1 Falcon9 rocket by SpaceX, as seen on Thursday morning (May 10, 2018) during remote camera setup.


This rocket is notable because it is carrying a ton of national pride for the country of Bangladesh, and because this is the first "Block5" rocket, the latest variant of the Falcon9 designed with the intent of being reusable 10 or more times with minimal if any maintenance between flights. In a press briefing Thursday afternoon, Elon Musk indicated that the goal is to be able to fly a Falcon9 rocket again within 24-hours of landing. The Block5 is also the rocket that will carry astronauts to the International Space Station.


This image is a merge of many images, resulting in a resolution of 18292 x 8913. Note for scale the people working at the base of the rocket and the vehicles parked there.


The Thursday launch was scrubbed. The next attempt is set for 4:14 pm (ET) on Friday, May 11, 2018.


(Photo by Michael Seeley / We Report Space)

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Taken on May 10, 2018