SpaceX launches Bangladesh's first communications satellite

SpaceX launches Bangladesh's first communications satellite

It marks the first flight of the Block 5 batch of Falcon 9 rockets, which incorporate a number of upgrades to improve performance, increase the service life of the booster and reduce turnaround time between recovery and relaunch.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also joined the proud nation in witnessing the milestone event for Bangladesh's communication sector.

Work began on the 7,700-pound (3,700-kilogram) satellite back in 2015, when it was ordered from France-based Thales Alenia Space by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.

In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14-billion-taka (about 180 million US dollars) loan agreement with the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country's first-ever satellite "Bangabandhu-I". Finally, the satellite will be controlled and maintained from ground stations in Bangladesh.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said launching the same rocket twice within 24 hours will be "crazy hard", but he hopes to pull off the feat as early as next year.

Reliability is crucial to the next milestone for SpaceX: Putting astronauts on top of Falcon 9 in the company's Crew Dragon capsule. A delegation of Bangladeshi officials, led by State Minister for Telecommunications and Post, Tarana Halim, arrived in Florida on Tuesday to witness the successful launch. Insane hard. We still need to demonstrate it.

According to the company, the Block 5 variation of the Falcon 9 can safely be re-flown as many as 10 times - not including refurbishment between launches. Then again, the notoriously fickle chap has also said he wants to begin retrieving the second stage of the Falcon, which would entail some major design changes in the future. Capable of launching spacecraft to Mars - Musk's ultimate ambition is to colonize the red planet - the BFR will replace not only the Falcon 9, but the brawny Falcon Heavy.

The updated rocket is created to be reusable, which would drastically reduce costs of trips to space. 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. The other is Boeing Co, reports Reuters. "With this launching, we've hoisted the Bangladesh flag in the space. entered a new era".