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Bangabandhu1 Block5 Falcon9 by SpaceX + Falcon Heavy Booster

We all practically lost our minds when we saw this: That's a #FalconHeavy side booster, temporarily parked in front of the hangar.

We were out there to set up remote cameras to capture the #Bangabandhu1 #Block5 rocket sitting on the pad, but this fleeting moment of cool was such a treat.
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.

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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