Wednesday, 19 September, 2018

Elon Musk's SpaceX debuts updated Falcon 9 rocket built for rapid relaunches

Eleanor Moreno | 13 May, 2018, 00:26

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. Main engine shutdown was at two minutes and 31 seconds with first stage separation two seconds later.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen for successful launching of Bangladesh's first communication satellite into space, saying that it added a new milestone to the path of continued advancement of the country.

The first-ever "Block 5" Falcon 9 automobile introduced the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the very first interactions satellite for the federal government of Bangladesh, today at 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT), taking off from historical Launching pad 39A at NASA's Kennedy Area Facility (KSC) in Florida.

Stage-1 of the 2-staged Falcon 9 rocket returned to earth about eight minutes and 45 seconds after take-off.

Shortly before the second stage separation, the first stage executed a controlled landing back on SpaceX's drone ship in the Atlantic, the company's 25th recovered first stage.

The satellite is named after Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the first President and the founding father of Bangladesh.


In addition to the satellite, the Falcon 9 launch could represent a major change in the operations and reliability of the SpaceX rockets.

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. Along the way, the rocket also successfully deployed the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, which will provide video and broadband service for Bangladesh. According to Musk and SpaceX, each Block 5 rocket will be able to fly at least 10 missions with minimal refurbishing, and with as little as 24 hours between launches.

Managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it uses 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders and was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform.

The successful launch of the Block-5 takes the company one step closer to satisfying NASA regulations for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station.

The recoverable Block 5 booster is meant to be reused at least 10 times with minimal refurbishment involving flights, so allowing more typical rods at lower price tag - a secret into the SpaceX firm version.

"This rocket is really created to be - the intent is to be the most reliable rocket ever built".

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