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Along with helping SpaceX streamline launch operations, the block 5 booster eventually will be used to launch astronauts to the International Space Station as well as high-priority national security payloads for the Pentagon.

On Thursday evening, SpaceX - the rocket company founded by Elon Musk - plans to launch Bangabandhu-1, which is slated to be Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite. The military had said earlier this year that it was targeting June, but the date has been pushed back due to ongoing qualification testing and engineering review.

Once SpaceX proves the Block 5 design, its next challenge is expected to be a 24-hour turnaround of the rocket booster for a new mission. STP-2 has a number of objectives, including demonstrating the new rocket's capabilities and launching several satellites. Previous versions of the Falcon 9 could be launched only twice before retirement. When Block 5 proves itself today, the US space program will be one step closer to the first crew mission in years.

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If in the end crude oil remains at $68-$70/bbl, prices will not be that much more expensive this summer than they are now. DeHaan said if this did cause prices to go up, "it could be" long term depending on the long term response to Iran.

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.

Concept image of the spaceship portion of SpaceX's "Big Falcon Rocket", or BFR, blasting off from the surface of Mars. Afterwards, the two-stage rocket's first stage will make an attempt to land on a drone ship off the Florida coast. The second stage will reignite at T+27mins 38secs for a 59 second burn that will place Bangabandhu-1 into a GTO insertion trajectory. The satellite will usher into a new communication era in Bangladesh, the company said, adding that it would help bringing "state-of-the-art" phone, radio, TV, and internet services to the nation, inhabited by a population of over 160 million.

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