How to Watch the Next SpaceX Falcon 9 Launch This Week

A SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying a TESS spacecraft lifts off on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from Space Launch Complex 40 at Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida. TESS, which stands for Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, is a telescope/camera that will hunt for undiscovered worlds around nearby stars, providing targets where future studies will assess their capacity to harbor life, NASA says.
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After launching its Falcon 9 rocket at the end of March, SpaceX will be at it again on Thursday with its next event, the launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5. The rocket is scheduled to be launched from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on May 10, with an estimated launch window of 4 p.m. ET to 6:25 p.m. ET.

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The company is attempting its ninth launch of the year, and this will be the first with the “Block 5” upgrade from SpaceX. What makes the launch of the Block 5 so important for SpaceX is that the company is hoping to reuse rockets as part of its plans for the future. Reusable rockets means less time between launches, and a lot less money spent on building new rockets for each subsequent launch. Musk has said that the Block 5 Falcon 9 model could potentially be used “upwards of 100 times with minimal refurbishment,” according to The Verge.

The upgraded Block 5 includes a retrofitted booster and new heat shields. It will also carry a Bangabandhu-1 communications satellite that will be put into orbit for the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company, according to SpaceX.

SpaceX has two more missions on schedule for this month, both using the Falcon 9 rocket vehicle.

To watch the launch live online, you can stream it at the SpaceX YouTube channel and at the NASA TV channel.

Want to catch up on the last launch? Check out video of it here:

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