May 11, 2018 / 8:42 PM / 15 days ago

SpaceX launches new rocket primed for future crewed missions

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla., May 11 (Reuters) - An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket, tailored for eventual crewed missions into orbit, made its debut launch on Friday from Florida’s Cape Canaveral carrying a communications satellite for Bangladesh.

The newly minted Block-5 edition of the Falcon 9, equipped with about 100 upgrades for greater power, safety and reusability than its Block-4 predecessor, successfully lifted off at 4:14 p.m. EDT from the Kennedy Space Center. (Reporting by Joey Roulette in Cape Canaveral; Writing by Steve Gorman)

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