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SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, carrying Bangladesh's first communication satellite

After launch, the mission achieved a quick succession: a first stage engine cutoff followed by a stage separation, and then a second stage burn and fairing release. It is the first launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket.

SpaceX on Friday launched the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh using its latest, most powerful Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket from the Launch Complex 39 of NASA's Kennedy Space Station in Florida. 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.

Minutes later, the rocket's main-stage booster flew itself back to Earth to land safely on an unmanned platform vessel floating in the Pacific Ocean.

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.

As it stands, Bangladesh spends $14 million annually to rent satellite connectivity from foreign service providers - the satellite, once it becomes functional in the next few months, will afford our economy much-needed breathing space.

The SpaceX rocket tried to take off on Thursday, but the launch was aborted just one minute before its lift-off time of 5:47 p.m. due to a problem with ground systems that automatically triggered the vehicle's abort sequence, according to a press statement from SpaceX.




SpaceX successfully launched the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on the maiden voyage of its new and improved Falcon 9 rocket.

The satellite will eventually travel to a path 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas.

The private space company enthusiastically shared on social media photos of all the important moments of the "Block 5" Falcon 9 launch, including an image of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite in the geostationary transfer orbit. By comparison, the other reused boosters that SpaceX has flown until now had a maximum of two launches each.

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

These improvements are not only aimed at making the Falcon 9 more reliable and reusable, but is also in anticipation of the first flights of the Crew Falcon, which will carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS). "This rocket is truly created to be- the intent is to be one of the most trusted rocket ever before constructed.".

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