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The two-stage "Block 5" Falcon 9 and its payload, the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite, successfully lifted off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida May 11, 2018.
Block 5 Falcon 9 in Flight
The Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket climbs into the skies over Florida on May 11, 2018.
The Falcon 9's nine first-stage Merlin engines power the rocket toward geostationary transfer orbit.
Block 5 First Stage on Drone Ship
The first stage of SpaceX's first Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket sits on the deck of the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" just after acing its landing on May 11, 2018.
Block 5 Falcon 9 on the Pad, May 11, 2018
SpaceX’s first ”Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket and its payload, the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite, on the launch pad on May 11, 2018.
On the Pad
The two-stage Block 5 Falcon 9 and its payload, the Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite, stand poised to launch on May 10, 2018.
A "standard ground system auto abort" scuttled the May 10 liftoff attempt with just 58 seconds left on the countdown clock.
The First Block 5 Rolls to the Pad
Credit: Elon Musk/Instagram
SpaceX's first Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket rolls toward its launch pad at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida ahead of its planned May 2018 launch.
Bangladesh's First Satellite
Credit: Thales Alenia Space
Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be Bangladesh’s first communications satellite. Here, the satellite is seen undergoing testing by its builders, the French company Thales Alenia Space.