Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Research | By Clarence Powell

Bangladesh Launches its First Satellite into Space


SpaceX also has a backup plan that involves switching from high-strength carbon fiber with an aluminum liner to the superalloy Inconel, but Musk believes this won't be necessary.

Space.com notes that the two-stage rocket separated about 2.5 minutes into the flight.

The highly-anticipated launch of the "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket finally took place today, marking the debut of SpaceX's Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission.

The satellite is all set to be released into orbit on the Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, the most advanced rocket developed by visionary entrepreneur Elon Musk's SpaceX.

The liftoff of the Falcon 9 was under partly cloudy skies and went without incident after leaving the pad.

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 Block 5 is created to be used at least 10 times with only minimal refurbishment.

Another first for the launch was its Bangabandhu Satellite-1 payload, which is Bangladesh's first geosynchronous communications satellite.

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Named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, the communication satellite is destined to provide the people of Bangladesh with a wide array of services, "including phone services, backhaul, radio, direct-to-home TV, and internet", Thales Alenia Space, the French company that built the satellite, said in a statement.

SpaceX had previously planned to launch the satellite using Falcon-9 rockets on December 16, 2017, but the launch was postponed due to damage from Hurricane Irma.

According to SpaceX, the new Block 5 rocket will be able to fly 10 times with only inspection and minimal maintenance between launches, and 100 times in total before needing to be replaced.

While the concept of Digital Bangladesh has been realized through the progress we have been made in the ICT sector, creating IT parks and exporting software to the rest of the globe, the launch of Bangabandhu-1 takes our presence out into space. To this day, SpaceX has re-flown formerly landed boosters 11 times.

The Block 5 launch is expected to be the last major upgrade to a workhorse rocket.

The Bangabandhu-1 launch marks the first test of the Block-5, which may eventually carry humans to space for NASA. "This rocket is truly created to be- the intent is to be one of the most trusted rocket ever before constructed.".

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