Thursday, 24 May, 2018

First SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket lobs comms sat into orbit

Stepping into the future SpaceX's Upgraded Falcon 9 Rocket Aces Maiden Flight, Sticks Landing
Sandra Phillips | 13 May, 2018, 13:11

After a series of postponed, SpaceX has finally delivered the first Bangladeshi communications satellite, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, into space.

The California-based aerospace company SpaceX on May 11, 2018 launched its most powerful rocket yet "Falcon 9", which is expected to carry humans to space later this year.

SpaceX founder and CEO Elon Musk expressed high hopes for Block 5, which he said will be the final version of the Falcon 9.

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 Falcon 9 is SpaceX's workhorse, regularly hauling satellites into orbit and supplies to the International Space Station.

The private space company enthusiastically shared on social media photos of all the important moments of the "Block 5" Falcon 9 launch, including an image of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite in the geostationary transfer orbit. With less than a minute remaining before a scheduled launch, the countdown came to an abrupt stop because of a technical problem that caused an automatic abort.

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But many other small improvements to the Falcon 9 are also key to true low-priced reusability.

The first stage and second stage of the rocket separated after just 2.5 minutes. A delegation of Bangladeshi officials, led by State Minister for Telecommunications and Post, Tarana Halim, arrived in Florida on Tuesday to witness the successful launch. He has said that his goal is to launch the same booster twice within 24 hours. That only leaves one massive project left for SpaceX - BFR. The new version of the rocket is outfitted with upgrades created to make it more durable so it can be reused as many as 10 times, dramatically cutting the costs of space missions.

SpaceX has signed a Dollars 2.6 billion contract with the NASA to complete development of Crew Dragon, a capsule to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. Launching almost every other week - while developing a very big reusable Mars rocket and a constellation of 4,425 broadband satellites - SpaceX has become one of the most valuable private companies in the world, worth almost $28 billion.

The satellite was built by Thales Alenia Space of Cannes, France.

Renting out broadcasting capacity will be one of the main objective of the satellite as Bangladesh now meets its demand for satellite connectivity renting from foreign operators spending about $14 million a year.

In a televised message on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: "The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be a great addition to our information technology, heralding our entry into the satellite club of the world".

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