SpaceX launches new rocket primed for future crewed missions

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CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. (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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