May 11, 2018

SpaceX successfully launches and lands Falcon-9 rocket

SpaceX has successfully launched its Falcon-9 rocket carrying the Bangabandhu-1, Bangladesh's first-ever high-orbit communications satellite, and landed it safely on a drone ship in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Florida.

The company delayed the launch one day due to an undisclosed issue that triggered an automatic abort under one minute from its scheduled takeoff, reports Space.com.

The details, per Axios Science Editor Andrew Freedman: SpaceX launched the satellite on the last and most powerful iteration of the company's Falcon-9 rocket.

  • The Block 5 Falcon-9 rocket is more powerful than its older siblings, and is designed to be easier to reuse, with the potential to be launched to space, land on Earth, and be launched again up to 10 times.
  • Such ambitious rocket reuse goals are central to SpaceX's business plans of dramatically cutting the cost of access to space.

Go deeper: SpaceX's coverage of the satellite's orbit.

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Trump lashes out at governors, urges them to "dominate" protesters

President Trump berated the nation’s governors in a video teleconference call Monday, calling many of them "weak" and demanding tougher crackdowns on the protests that erupted throughout the country following the killing of George Floyd, according t multiple reports.

The big picture: Trump blamed violence on the "the radical left" and told the governors, who were joined by law enforcement and national security officials, that they have to "dominate" protesters and "arrest people" in order to bring an end to the unrest.

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Putin sets referendum that could allow him to rule until 2036 for July 1

Putin has not seemed to enjoy governing by video conference. Photo: Alexey Nikolsky/Sputnik/AFP via Getty Images

Russian President Vladimir Putin has set July 1 as the new date for a constitutional referendum that could allow him to remain in power through 2036.

Why it matters: Putin was forced to delay the referendum from April due to the coronavirus pandemic, and has set the date despite Russia's continued struggles to contain its outbreak. Putin's popularity has fallen in recent weeks amid his response to the pandemic and its economic repercussions.

A busy week for IPOs despite upheaval from protests and pandemic

Illustration: Eniola Odetunde/Axios

This week is expected to be the busiest for U.S. IPOs since February, with Warner Music leading a group of four companies that could raise over $3 billion.

Why it matters: This shouldn't be happening, under any traditional rubric for how markets work.