SpaceX's Block 5 lands safely, delivers Bangabandhu 1 into orbit

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

SpaceX tweeted a photo of the Falcon 9 as the rocket's first and second stage parted ways.

About 45 minutes after launch, the satellite started sending signals to the SpaceX's three ground stations in the US, Italy, and South Korea, said Mezbahuzzaman. With the new (and possibly final) style of the Falcon 9 was the first satellite ever for the nation of Bangladesh.

Early on Saturday from Cape Canaveral in Florida, Falcon-9 rocket of SpaceX propelled the satellite into space at about 2:14 a.m. Bangladesh local time.

The booster's first stage executed a ideal touchdown nine minutes after the launch and landed, just as planned, on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. The Block 5 is created to be used at least 10 times with only minimal refurbishment.

" When Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is functional, Bangladesh will certainly be self-governing in regards to telecoms and also transmitting solutions, having the ability to supply interactions solutions to lots of worldwide nations, such as Nepal, Myanmar or Bhutan under its insurance coverage location", the reps included.

The nation's dream satellite, Bangabandhu-1, is now on its way to orbit after its flawless and successful launching last night, making Bangladesh's debut in the global space society.

In November 2015, Bangladesh signed a 19.51-billion-taka (about 248 million U.S.dollars) deal with French firm Thales Alenia Space for the satellite project. The rocket's recoverable booster is created to be reused at least 10 times.

However, MA Hakim, president of Internet Service Providers Association of Bangladesh, said the satellite's bandwidth would be more than 100 times costlier and that was why they would not be interested.

SpaceX successfully launched the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on the maiden voyage of its new and improved Falcon 9 rocket.

The improvements made to the Block 5 rocket over previous SpaceX rocket designs include better heat shielding for the engines, a power increase from 176,000 to 190,000lb of thrust, faster fueling times and improved landing lags.

The Block 5 launch is expected to be the last major upgrade to a workhorse rocket.

These improvements are not only aimed at making the Falcon 9 more reliable and reusable, but is also in anticipation of the first flights of the Crew Falcon, which will carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

"This rocket is really created to be - the intent is to be the most reliable rocket ever built".

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