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SpaceX is making history again today as it prepares for its first Falcon 9 Block 5 launch. Bangladesh was only just recognized as a "Developing Country" by the United Nations in March, which speaks to the accessibility of space launches that companies like SpaceX have provided.

Today's mission will see SpaceX deliver a communications satellite for the country of Bangladesh, its very first.

Beyond the new tanks, Musk described the process of ensuring that the rocket would be safe enough to carry people as well as satellites.

Altogether, Musk's in-depth discussion of Falcon 9 Block 5 paints the rocket as a near-complete redesign - if it flies successfully, Block 5 will essentially become the rocket SpaceX set out to build at the turn of the millennium.

"The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission will be the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle", said a SpaceX representative. In total, more than 50 of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets have been launched to date.

Among the improvements are upgraded heat shields to protect the rocket's base during re-entry and improved navigation fins made of fire-resistant titanium.

The Falcon Heavy is 230 feet tall and consists of three Falcon 9 first-stage cores.

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Ten flights of an individual booster would be hugely significant, as SpaceX has thus far only ever reused each of its Falcon 9 rockets a single time.

The company was planning to test out the newest version of the reusable Falcon 9 from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

The "block 5" version of the craft features a number of design changes the company claims will improve performance and safety.

The authorities concerned, including Bangladesh delegation and SpaceX, held a review meeting in NY over the launching preparation on Wednesday morning (local time).

Bangabandhu-1 is scheduled to launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida, at 4:42 p.m. ET on Thursday - a delay of 30 minutes from its original target.

Block 5 represents the final suite of upgrades to its workhorse launch system that CEO Elon Musk says is created to be flown up to 100 times. A backup window for launch opens at the same site on Friday, the 11th of May, at 4:14 PM Eastern Time, closing 2-hours thereafter.

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