SpaceX successfully launches satellite with new upgraded 'Block 5' Falcon 9 rocket

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Congratulating the people of the country on the auspicious occasion, President Hamid said, "With the launching, a glorious chapter in Bangladesh history has started".

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.

Though this was the first landing for a Block 5 first stage, it was the 25th overall for a Falcon 9 during an orbital launch.

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.

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

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.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission is the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 rockets.

The newly minted Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 - designed with roughly 100 up grades for greater energy, security and reusability than its Block-4 predecessor - increased off at 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center.

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The launching has two phases. "Second stage and satellite now in coast phase". "There are thousands and thousands and thousands of requirements", Musk said of the rocket. The LEOP phase will take 10 days while the second will take 20 days.

However, this is the first time that an enhanced version of the Falcon 9 rocket, known as "Block 5", has flown. One transponder is equivalent to 36 MHz. Later, on March 29, the satellite was shitted to Florida.

Finally, the satellite will be controlled and maintained from ground stations in Bangladesh. The satellite has 15 years for mission life span while another 3 years for its design. It will provide TV, internet, direct-to-home services, video distribution and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications and other telecom services across Bangladesh and surrounding regions.

"Once Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is operational, Bangladesh will be autonomous in terms of telecommunications and broadcasting services, being able to offer communications services to many foreign countries, such as Nepal, Myanmar or Bhutan under its coverage area", the representatives added.

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