Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

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

SpaceX PAZ Starlink Falcon 9 A Falcon 9 lifts off Feb. 22 with Spain's PAZ satellite and SpaceX's two demo Starlink satellites. Credit SpaceX
Edmund Robinson | 12 May, 2018, 21:10

The event took place at 2:14am Bangladesh time on Saturday when the country's first geostationary communication satellite started its voyage towards orbit from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the USA.

After a day's delay, Bangladesh's first satellite was today successfully launched atop the first SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket.

SpaceX will probably end up with a stable of 30 to 50 Falcon 9 Block 5s, which together will fly on the order of 300 missions before they're entirely superseded by the BFR, Musk said during yesterday's call.

Aerial view of Falcon 9 with Dragon qualification spacecraft on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in February 2010.

Today's launch came after an abort on Thursday, which occurred at the T -1 minute mark due to a ground systems auto abort caused by a ground relay that had failed to reset after a system test. It's predicted to function as first SpaceX motor vehicle to satisfy NASA's standards for its Commercial Crew method to hold agency astronauts into the International Space Station.




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. "This is quite normal for rocket launches as you can not take any risk", he said. The Block 5 is created to be used at least 10 times with only minimal refurbishment.

The launch of the Falcon 9 rocket developed by SpaceX completed its mission 3:50 p.m.

The Block 5 upgrades to Falcon 9 include more powerful engines, a stronger heat shield for the trip back through Earth's atmosphere and new retractable landing legs. 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. Managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it uses 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders and was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform. SpaceX is no stranger to launching satellites, having previously helped the Turkmenistan's TurkmenAlem satellite into space in April 2015, and Bulgaria's Bulgariasat-1 last June.

Rahman was assassinated in 1975 at the age of 55.

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