Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Falcon 9 Block 5 is created to handle 10 or more flights with only "very limited refurbishment", according to SpaceX, this being part of the company's "rapid reusability and extremely high reliability" goals. "Also, I would like to thank Russian Federation for giving us the opportunity to use their orbital slot".

SpaceX on Friday launched the first high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh using its latest, most powerful Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket from the Launch Complex 39 of NASA's Kennedy Space Station in Florida.

NASA will require seven successful flights of the Falcon 9 Block 5 before flying astronauts on the rocket. 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. That only leaves one massive project left for SpaceX - BFR. The other is Boeing Co, reports Reuters.

The improvements made to the Block 5 rocket over previous SpaceX rocket designs include better heat shielding for the engines, a power increase from 176,000 to 190,000lb of thrust, faster fueling times and improved landing lags. They also intend to do that with future rockets. The company had aborted its first attempt to launch the rocket on Thursday.

"We congratulate the government and the people Bangladesh for "entering a new era", as underlined by the Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina".

"Bangladesh started a glorious chapter in history with the launching of Bangabandhu-1 satellite as it has becomes a proud member of the satellite club from today", the president said in a message. The upgraded model, which can be reflown about a hundred times, carried Bangladesh's Bangabandhu satellite-1. "It is an important step forward in the country's digital advancement", the embassy said in a statement on Sunday.

Bangabandhu-1 Satellite is to establish Bangladesh's own stake on space, opening up enormous opportunities providing three types of advantages involving information and communication technology (ICT), and the broadcasting industry, alongside brightening Bangladesh image. The satellite's mission is expected to last at least 15 years.

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

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