Bangladesh Launches its First Satellite into Space

SpaceX PAZ Starlink Falcon 9
A Falcon 9 lifts off Feb. 22 with Spain's PAZ satellite and SpaceX's two demo Starlink satellites. Credit SpaceX
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12 May, 2018

The landing, which occurred less than 9 minutes after liftoff, elicited raucous cheers from SpaceX employees at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

The satellite will be deployed roughly 33 minutes after the launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. His goal is to launch the same booster twice within 24 hours, perhaps next year.

Bangladesh blasted its way into the space age Friday after USA company SpaceX launched Dhaka's Bangabandhu-1 satellite into orbit, in a social-media event described by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina as a "glorious day" for the South Asian country.

Enhanced rocket reusability also is a core tenet of SpaceX owner and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's broader objectives of making space travel commonplace and ultimately sending humans to Mars. 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.

Los Angeles-based SpaceX on Friday launched and landed its most recoverable rocket yet - one that is expected to carry USA astronauts to the International Space Station beginning later this year.

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SpaceX provided viewers with brief play-by-play updates on its Twitter account where it eventually shared an image (above) of the first stage successfully touching down on the droneship.

Share this article: The first Falcon 9 Block 5 blasts off from Cape Canaveral. Officials in that area expect Bangladesh's first satellite to improve telephone, data, television, Internet, and emergency communications throughout Bangladesh and beyond - going as far as Indonesia and the Philippines. The nine Merlin engines in the rocket's first stage and the single "vacuum Merlin" in the second stage boast about 8 percent and 5 percent more thrust, respectively, than their counterparts in the Falcon 9 Block 4. Previous ones included Turkmenistan's TurkmenAlem satellite in April 2015 and Bulgaria's Bulgariasat-1 in June 2017.

SpaceX says this version of its workhorse launcher can be flown 10 times with only minor maintenance in between flights.

"It's really better in every way than the Block 4", Musk said, citing a range of upgrades from avionics to the thermal-protection sysem on the Block 5's first stage.


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