SpaceX's Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket Finally Soars To The Skies

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Blasted off successfully on Friday, it was the second launch attempt, SpaceX made for the take off of Block 5 rocket, the final iteration of the Falcon 9. "With launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, we're hoisting our national flag in the space".

The newly minted Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 - designed with roughly 100 up grades for greater energy, security and reusability than its Block-4 predecessor - increased off at 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center.

His daughter Sheikh Hasina is the incumbent Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

It is the first Bangladeshi communications satellite put into space by SpaceX.

The most recent, and also last, variation of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket debuted today (Could 11) with a picture-perfect satellite launch- and also the booster's initial stage aced its touchdown also.

"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.

Zunaid Ahmed Palak, state minister for ICT, who witnessed the launch in Florida, said according to their plan, most of the capacity would be used in the country.

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Falcon 9 is scheduled to be certified by NASA for launching human beings.

Mezbahuzzaman said, "Now the process will be very slow and in phases the satellite will start its activity to complete the LEOP and the second phase is Satellite in Orbit". "There are thousands and thousands and thousands of requirements", Musk said of the rocket.

The satellite will offer video and communications coverage over Bangladesh and its territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia. Later, on 29 March, the satellite was shifted to Florida.

It is expected to have a 15-year lifespan and will help save money for the Dhaka government, which now spends $14 million annually to rent from the services of foreign satellites, government officials said.

Finally, the satellite will be controlled and maintained from ground stations in Bangladesh.

It will also save foreign currency expenditure while the local TV channels huge viewership particularly in the Middle East countries are expected to be its main commercial user.

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