SpaceX launches Bangladesh's first communications satellite

SpaceX launches Bangladesh's first communications satellite

For its first flight, the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket will carry the Bangabandhu-1 satellite into space.

It was the first landing of SpaceX's new Block 5 first stage and the 25th successful landing for SpaceX rockets.

The vehicle, aiming to bring astronauts to the International Space Station in the future, came with many design changes to improve its reusability and reliability. Main engine shutdown was at two minutes and 31 seconds with first stage separation two seconds later.

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. The helium tanks were ruptured in a pre-launch test on September 1, 2016, causing an explosion.

According to SpaceX, the new Block 5 rocket will be able to fly 10 times with only inspection and minimal maintenance between launches, and 100 times in total before needing to be replaced.

Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy in a Facebook status also said that the final minutes of the launch are fully controlled by computers. It is the first launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket.

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" It's actually much better in every method compared to the Block 4", Musk stated, mentioning a series of upgrades from avionics to the thermal-protection sysem on the Block 5's initial stage.

"With this historical first satellite, Bangladesh inhabitants will have access to a wide range of broadcast and communications services, including phone services, backhaul, radio, direct-to-home TV and internet", Thales Alenia Space representatives wrote in a description of the satellite.

"The Bangabandhu satellite will help to make Bangladesh an advanced country", Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, which will manage the satellite, told the Dhaka Tribune.

Dr Mahmood said after completing and traveling several processes, few more days will be required to tame the satellite at its Gazipur's Joydebpur and Rangamati's Betbunia ground stations. 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. His goal is to eventually launch the same booster twice within 24 hours, drastically reducing costs.

It will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country.

Rahman was executed in 1975 at the age of 55.

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