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Bangladesh Launches its First Satellite into Space

Bangladesh Launches its First Satellite into Space

Heralded as the most advanced iteration of the rocket yet, this ought to be SpaceX's final version - most impressively, the Block 5 should allow SpaceX to complete more than two flights with the same Falcon 9 booster, which could help cut down on costs, as well as the time required between launches.

The highly-anticipated launch of the "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket finally took place today, marking the debut of SpaceX's Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission.

The recoverable Block-5 booster is created to be reused at least 10 times with minimal refurbishment between flights, allowing more frequent launches at lower cost - a key to the SpaceX business model.

The booster's first stage executed a ideal touchdown nine minutes after the launch and landed, just as planned, on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. If all goes as planned, SpaceX would fly the same rocket twice in a single day in 2019, which would be another first for the company.

The Block 5 additionally marks another milestone for Musk's California-based company.

"It would also speed up many aspects of our daily life".

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By the end of 2017, Musk aims to launch two missions with the same rocket in the span of 24 hours. Scheduled to launch Thursday, the launch got unexpectedly scrubbed within a minute of its expected launch.

Friday's trip marked the SpaceX launch so far this year, compared to five orbital-class missions the organization had photographed in an identical stage in 2017, according to Musk. The Bangabandhu satellite-1 is the country's communication satellite that will improve TV, telecommunication, and internet services in Bangladesh and its neighboring countries.

People expressed their joy and gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for setting another example of great success that made Bangladesh proud on the global stage. "It is an important step forward in the country's digital advancement", the embassy said in a statement on Sunday.

The Bangladeshi government has purchased a 119.1 east longitude orbital slot from Russia-based Intersputnik for 15 years for 28 million US dollars.

Located at 119.1° East, Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will provide direct-to-home (DTH) services, video distribution and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications across Bangladesh.


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