8 May 2018
reports that SpaceX confirmed a Thursday launch date for its upgraded “Block 5” Falcon 9 rocket in a tweet Monday. Launch crews successfully completed a test fire of the rocket Friday at Kennedy Space Center’s Pad 39A.
reports that SpaceX will have more than two hours to launch the rocket “with Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite.” SpaceX reviewed data from Friday’s test fire, “which the company said went according to plan.” The Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron issued a forecast Monday estimating 80 percent favorable conditions for a launch attempt Thursday. Friday will see 70 percent “go” conditions. (Image Credit: Associated Press–©)