Red letter day for Bangladesh as "Bangabandhu-1" satellite enters space

Red letter day for Bangladesh as

The newly minted Block-5 edition of the Falcon 9 - is equipped with about 100 upgrades for greater power, safety and reusability than its Block-4 predecessor.

"The historic event took place at 2:14am Bangladesh time today when the country's first geostationary communication satellite started its voyage towards orbit from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the US", reported The Daily Star.

Another first for the launch was its Bangabandhu Satellite-1 payload, which is Bangladesh's first geosynchronous communications satellite.

Greeting the country's people on the occasion of launching of Bangabandhu-1, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today said another milestone has been set with its launching in Bangladesh's continuous march forward.

According to the Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh's annual expenditure for satellite connectivity is now 14 million United States dollars spent on renting bandwidth from foreign operators.

Reliability is crucial to the next milestone for SpaceX: Putting astronauts on top of Falcon 9 in the company's Crew Dragon capsule.

The Falcon 9 is SpaceX's workhorse, regularly hauling satellites into orbit and supplies to the International Space Station. Musk also emphasized that "we still need to demonstrate" the 24 hour turnaround time, "but it can be done".

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However, statements from SpaceX mentioned that the problem was with ground support systems, not the rocket itself.

The Falcon 9 rocket used in Friday's launch was the first flight of an upgraded version of the rocket dubbed Block 5.

Musk wants to ultimately recover the entire rocket, not just the first stage, which accounts for 60 percent of the cost.

Minutes after it blasted off, the rocket's main-stage booster flew back to Earth safely, landing on on an unmanned platform vessel floating in the Pacific Ocean.

Space.com notes that the two-stage rocket separated about 2.5 minutes into the flight. But it has yet to complete more than two flights with the same Falcon 9 booster. The company seeks to reduce cost with the new Block 5.

The Falcon 9 will eventually transport astronauts to the ISS under NASA's Commercial Crew Program.

In November 2015, Bangladesh signed a 19.51-billion-taka (about 248 million U.S.dollars) deal with French firm Thales Alenia Space for the satellite project. The Heavy debuted in February, launching Musk's Tesla electric sports vehicle toward the orbit of Mars. The other is Boeing Co.

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