Successful launch and touchdown for next-generation Falcon 9 rocket

Rosemary Collier
May 12, 2018

In addition to the satellite, the Falcon 9 launch could represent a major change in the operations and reliability of the SpaceX rockets. This satellite will go into Geostationary Transfer Orbit, and should provide broadcast and communications services to folks in Bangladesh.

The fifth and final version of the Falcon 9 rocket has successfully launched and landed.

A Bangladesh delegation, led by Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, witnessed the launching of the satellite, which was visible for around seven minutes in the Florida's clear sky.

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"Once Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is operational, Bangladesh will be autonomous in terms of telecommunications and broadcasting services, being able to offer communications services to many foreign countries, such as Nepal, Myanmar or Bhutan under its coverage area", stated Thales Alenia Space representatives. With this launching, we've hoisted the Bangladesh flag in space.

It was the first landing of SpaceX's new Block 5 first stage and the 25th successful landing for SpaceX rockets.

"Bangabandhu-I is also a timely initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who has envisioned building Digital Bangladesh by 2021", the state minister said. It was originally planned on Thursday, but it was aborted about 60 seconds before launch.

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Falcon 9 is scheduled to be certified by NASA for launching human beings. "Second stage and satellite now in coast phase". The BFR will fly individuals and also freight to Mars, yet it will certainly likewise introduce satellites to Planet orbit, tidy up room scrap, lug travelers on superfast point-to-point journeys around Planet and also do whatever else SpaceX requires it to do, Musk has actually stated. Besides missions to the space station, the new rocket will be used to launch U.S. Air Force global positioning satellites and other high-value, military and national security payloads.

The launch made Bangladesh the 57th nation in the world and fourth in South Asia after India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to own a satellite. Later, on 29 March, the satellite was shifted to Florida.

The satellite launch, done on behalf the Bangladesh government, will allow internet access to all corners of the country.

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Two ground stations for controlling the satellite have already been built at Joydebpur of Gazipur and Rangamati's Betbunia.

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