Sunday, 20 May, 2018

SpaceX launches Bangabandhu Satellite-1

BTV to telecast live Bangladesh’s first satellite launch Bangladesh To Launch Its First Communications Satellite On Thursday
Beatrice Douglas | 12 May, 2018, 20:55

The new rocket is SpaceX's latest innovation to increase the reusability of its launching system. The Block 5 is the final version of the Falcon 9 and this inaugural launch will place Bangladesh's first communications satellite into orbit. The new Block 5 would change that; it would require little work between flights aside from inspections, refueling, attaching the payload and fairing.

The satellite's mission is expected to last at least 15 years. The rocket is created to launch twice in a 24-hour period.

The launch will happen today somewhen between 16:14 and 18:21 EDT, from the Cape Canaveral Air Force base in Florida. Earlier in the day, SpaceX slipped the launch from 4:17 to 4:47 and then 5:47 pm.


Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The SpaceX launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 was scrubbed on Thursday from Launch Complex 39A.

Bangabandhu will beam direct-to-home services, video, small aperture terminal communications as well as broadband to rural areas across Bangladesh. "The launcher and his cargo are in good condition", declared a SpaceX spokesperson but without mentioning the reasons why the shuttle takeoff was aborted with 58 seconds before its scheduled launch. "Hopefully it all goes as planned and we do a great job for the people of Bangladesh today", he said at the end of the call.

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