SpaceX reschedule Falcon 9 Rocket launch on May 11

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New Delhi : Just a few minutes before the launch of Falcon 9 Rocket on Thursday, SpaceX rescheduled its liftoff. The next launch opportunity is planned on May 11, starting at around 4:14 pm (2014 GMT) and ending at 6:21 pm. The California-based space company considers its Falcon 9 Rocket as the most powerful and re-useable vehicle of next generation.

"The vehicle and payload are in good health," said a SpaceX spokesman, who was unable to give a precise reason for the aborted launch at Cape Canaveral, Florida.

Falcon 9’s main aim is to propel the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1.

Eventually, the rocket is designed to launch humans to the International Space Station, aboard SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule, which is still under development.

Experts say that the first crew launch is tentatively planned for December 2018. If it happens successfully, then it will make a history ever since the end of the US space shuttle program in 2011 that a rocket has launched from the United States carrying people to space.

The Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket is being engineerd to re-fly up to 10 times with minimal renovation, SpaceX CEO Elon Musk told reporters.

"We expect there would be literally no action taken between flights, so just like aircraft," Musk said.

"It has taken us -- man, it's been since 2002 -- 16 years of extreme effort and many, many iterations, and thousands of small but important changes to get to where we think this is even possible," he added.

The Block 5 rocket is the final version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 fleet. Sources mentioned that the company is planning to focus on its heavy-lift rocket, called BFR in the near future.