This latest version of the Falcon 9 was supposed to blast off Thursday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center, carrying Bangladesh's first satellite, which would bring the internet to all corners of the country.
Elon Musk's fledgling aerospace company SpaceX has bounced back from its failure to launch this week, successfully launching its Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral yesterday. The Block 5 is created to be used at least 10 times with only minimal refurbishment.
The rocket's initial stage was efficiently recouped, touchdown on the "Naturally I Still Love You" offshore droneship, concerning 8 mins after the launch, at an unmanned system vessel in the Pacific Sea. The company won't allow for humans onboard until it's flown seven successful launches, but with the rate of SpaceX's overall launch and return success, those seven successful launches could happen sooner than expected. It also has less weight and a more easily produced structure.
SpaceX successfully launched the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on the maiden voyage of its new and improved Falcon 9 rocket. Being able to launch, land and launch again with minimal refurbishment between flights has been a central focus for SpaceX.
Musk plans to launch about 30 of these upgraded Falcon 9s before switching to a massive rocket still in development known as the BFR, or Big Falcon Rocket. His goal is to eventually launch the same booster twice within 24 hours, drastically reducing costs. It's predicted to function as first SpaceX motor vehicle to satisfy NASA's standards for its Commercial Crew method to hold agency astronauts into the International Space Station.More news: MLK's daughter calls for a Waffle House boycott after controversial incident
Block 5 simply concretes SpaceX's business case.
"With this we entered a new era", said Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a message on Saturday. "It is an important step forward in the country's digital advancement", the embassy said in a statement on Sunday.
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.
The Bangladeshi government has purchased a 119.1 east longitude orbital slot from Russia-based Intersputnik for 15 years for 28 million USA dollars. "With launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, we're hoisting our national flag in the space".