SpaceX Falcon-9 rockets land after launching Bangabandhu-1 satellite into orbit

SpaceX Falcon-9 rockets land after launching Bangabandhu-1 satellite into orbit

SpaceX Falcon-9 rockets land after launching Bangabandhu-1 satellite into orbit

The main aim behind the launching of the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket was to propel Bangladesh's first high-orbit communications satellite, namely, Bangabandhu Satellite-1. Boosters of previous Falcon 9 iterations have launched a maximum of two times each, but Block 5 first stages should be able to fly 10 times with just inspections between landing and liftoff, and perhaps 100 times or more with some refurbishment involved, Musk said during a pre-launch call with reporters yesterday.

SpaceX also succeeded in completing its 25th recovery of the Stage 1 Falcon 9 rocket booster as it landed on the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You".

Falcon 9, the finest rocket of American firm SpaceX, started carrying the satellite to the orbit from the Cape Canaveral launching pad at 4:14pm United States local time.

SpaceX boss Elon Musk said Block 5 will be the last major upgrade to the Falcon series, and any changes in future will be incidental and minor. The nine Merlin engines in the rocket's first stage and the single "vacuum Merlin" in the second stage boast about 8 percent and 5 percent more thrust, respectively, than their counterparts in the Falcon 9 Block 4. The company won't allow for humans onboard until it's flown seven successful launches, but with the rate of SpaceX's overall launch and return success, those seven successful launches could happen sooner than expected. With the new (and possibly final) style of the Falcon 9 was the first satellite ever for the nation of Bangladesh.

The new Block 5 booster is seen as critical to SpaceX's plans to undertake crewed missions for NASA.


Another first for the launch was its Bangabandhu Satellite-1 payload, which is Bangladesh's first geosynchronous communications satellite. Officials in that area expect Bangladesh's first satellite to improve telephone, data, television, Internet, and emergency communications throughout Bangladesh and beyond - going as far as Indonesia and the Philippines.

The SpaceX also said that the rocket and satellite "are in good health" and its teams are working on resuming the launching on Saturday.

Stage-1 of the 2-staged Falcon 9 rocket returned to earth about eight minutes and 45 seconds after take-off. "There are thousands and thousands and thousands of requirements", Musk said of the rocket.

As it stands, Bangladesh spends $14 million annually to rent satellite connectivity from foreign service providers - the satellite, once it becomes functional in the next few months, will afford our economy much-needed breathing space.

Rahman was executed in 1975 at the age of 55.

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