Falcon 9 Block 5 rolling onto launch pad as seen in Instagram post by Elon Musk
12 May, 2018, 23:11
Bangladesh blasted its way into the space age Friday after US company SpaceX launched Dhaka's Bangabandhu-1 satellite into orbit, in a social-media event described by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a "glorious day" for the South Asian country.
Block-5 marks the final version of the Falcon 9 lineup before SpaceX introduces its super heavy-lift launch vehicle, dubbed the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be created to send manned missions to Mars.
SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk expressed high hopes for Block 5, which he said will be the final version of the Falcon 9.
About eight minutes after lift-off, the first stage of the rocket safely landed on an autonomous drone ship floating more than 300 miles off the Atlantic coast.
NASA will require seven successful flights of the Falcon 9 Block 5 before flying astronauts on the rocket.
SpaceX began a project to improve the Falcon-9 hardware according to NASA's instructions.
"It's really better in every way than the Block 4", Musk said, citing a range of upgrades from avionics to the thermal-protection sysem on the Block 5's first stage. SpaceX, however, confirmed that the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket and its payload are in good condition, which is great news to hear. His goal is to launch the same booster twice within 24 hours, perhaps next year.
It will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country. All eyes were on the spacecraft because it will be the first flight of the newest version of the Falcon 9.
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.
" When Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is functional, Bangladesh will certainly be self-governing in regards to telecoms and also transmitting solutions, having the ability to supply interactions solutions to lots of worldwide nations, such as Nepal, Myanmar or Bhutan under its insurance coverage location", the reps included.
The present government has been making all-out efforts to build Digital Bangladesh by taking into accounts the challenges of the 21st century, the President said adding that introduction to satellite as well as cable services is very important for ensuring easy access to the Internet and satellite launching is also essential for building Digital Bangladesh.
The satellite is named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is regarded as the founding father of Bangladesh.
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