SpaceX successfully debuted the final form of their Falcon 9 workhorse, delivering Bangladesh's first communications satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO). Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability.
Meanwhile, the first stage carried out a series of maneuvers before touching down on the unmanned dronebarge "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean. The company will take apart the rocket now that it has landed; the inspection will confirm that SpaceX doesn't have it take it apart after every launch. In addition, the Block 5 can be reflown within 24 hours of recovery.
"It would also speed up many aspects of our daily life". Eventually, SpaceX is slated to have "30 to 50" of these rockets in its fleets, though the final number "totally depends" on how many "customers insist on launching a new rocket". By comparison, the other reused boosters that SpaceX has flown until now had a maximum of two launches each.
SpaceX successfully launched the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on the maiden voyage of its new and improved Falcon 9 rocket.
Reliability is crucial to the next milestone for SpaceX: Putting astronauts on top of Falcon 9 in the company's Crew Dragon capsule.
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Today's launch came after an abort on Thursday, which occurred at the T -1 minute mark due to a ground systems auto abort caused by a ground relay that had failed to reset after a system test.
Block 5 simply concretes SpaceX's business case.
People expressed their joy and gratitude to Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina for setting another example of great success that made Bangladesh proud on the global stage.
Talking about the benefits of the Tk 2,765.66 crore satellite, project officials said it would immensely contribute to the digital advancement of the country.
Located at 119.1° East, Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will provide direct-to-home (DTH) services, video distribution and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications across Bangladesh. "With launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, we're hoisting our national flag in the space". The satellite's mission is expected to last at least 15 years.