SpaceX launches Bangladesh's first communications satellite

13 May, 2018, 00:29 | Author: Lucy Floyd
  • Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Late Friday afternoon, SpaceX successfully launched and landed the Block 5 upgrade of its Falcon 9 rocket for the first time.

Named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, the communication satellite is destined to provide the people of Bangladesh with a wide array of services, "including phone services, backhaul, radio, direct-to-home TV, and internet", Thales Alenia Space, the French company that built the satellite, said in a statement.

The recoverable Block 5 booster is meant to be reused at least 10 times with minimal refurbishment involving flights, so allowing more typical rods at lower price tag - a secret into the SpaceX firm version.

That's because the Falcon 9 Block 5 represents a culmination of SpaceX's founding mission - low-priced spaceflight through reusable rockets.

As for the rocket's first stage, SpaceX managed to land its rocket on its autonomous barge Of Course I Still Love You 340 nautical miles offshore in the Atlantic.

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While the satellite started its journey to the space, people of all ages across the country were awake and many of them started singing with joy and pride the national anthem - "Amaar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomay Valobashi". If things happen as planned, it will be the first time that a rocket will carry people to space since the end of the U.S. space shuttle program in 2011.

The liftoff of the Falcon 9 was under partly cloudy skies and went without incident after leaving the pad. Boosters of previous Falcon 9 models have actually released an optimum of 2 times each, yet Block 5 initial stage ought to have the ability to fly 10 times with simply examinations in between touchdown as well as liftoff, as well as probably 100 times or even more with some fix included, Musk claimed throughout a pre-launch phone call with press reporters the other day. The rocket's recoverable booster is created to be reused at least 10 times. Scheduled to launch Thursday, the launch got unexpectedly scrubbed within a minute of its expected launch.

The move made Bangladesh's debut in the global space society.

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 - lifted off at 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center. "This rocket is truly created to be- the intent is to be one of the most trusted rocket ever before constructed.".

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