Live coverage of the countdown and launch of the first SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite.
Satellite launching company SpaceX successfully threw Bangabandhu-1, the country’s first commercial satellite, to the orbit at local time 4:14pm (Bangladesh time 2:14am).
Through this launching Bangladesh entered into a historic journey of elite satellite club.
SpaceX has called off today’s Falcon 9 launch attempt after a last-minute automatic abort.
Another launch opportunity is available Friday, with a window opening at 4:14 p.m. local time (BST 2.14am, May 12). There’s a 60 percent chance of good weather, with the primary concern regarding the thick cloud rule.
The countdown clocks at the Kennedy Space Center are now ticking down to a new T-0 time of 4:42pm EDT (2042 GMT).
The Falcon 9 rocket is standing vertical at launch pad 39A after rolling out of its hangar overnight. Launch remains set for 4:12 p.m.
The Falcon 9 rocket has reached its perch at launch complex 39A. Next it will be lifted into the vertical position at the launch pad.
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The first Falcon 9 Block 5, with the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite attached inside the fairing, is now outside the hangar and preparing to climb the ramp to launch pad 39A.
The Falcon 9 is emerging from the SpaceX hangar at launch complex 39A.
There remains an 80 percent probability of acceptable weather conditions during Thursday's 130-minute launch window, which opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT (2012 GMT).
The latest forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron continues to predict favorable conditions, with only a slight concern that thick clouds could violate launch weather constraints.
"On Thursday, low-level winds become more easterly, signaling the high pressure ridge is reorienting north," forecasters wrote in a weather summary released Wednesday. "This opens the door for a tropical wave propagating along the periphery of the ridge to move towards the spaceport. Upper-level clouds will also move in and will gradually lower and thicken."
The forecast calls for party cloudy skies, east-southeast winds of 15 to 20 mph, and a temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit at launch time.
If the mission gets pushed back to Friday, the forecast worsens with more cloudiness due to arrive over Florida's Space Coast. The forecast Friday predicts a 60 percent chance of acceptable weather.
The hangar doors at pad 39A have opened again.
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SpaceX is expected roll out the next Falcon 9 rocket to pad 39A some time this evening or overnight to keep pace with preparations for tomorrow's launch.
Since the launcher was rolled back to the hangar near pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center over the weekend, technicians have attached the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite and worked to accomplish final closeout tasks ahead of the rocket's return to the launch pad.
The doors leading to the launch pad on SpaceX's hangar opened earlier this afternoon, but the rocket did not roll out. The doors have now closed again.
At the moment, launch is still scheduled for 4:12 p.m. EDT (2012 GMT) tomorrow, carrying the Bangabandhu 1 telecom craft to geostationary transfer orbit.