Sunday, 23 September, 2018

Bangabandhu-1 on its way to orbit

The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket Bill Ingalls | NASA Getty Images
Guillermo Lane | 13 May, 2018, 14:43

A Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, an upgrade version of the SpaceX, was launched at 4-14pm (local time) from LC-39A pad to deliver the 7,700 pound Bangabandhu-1 satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit.

It 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, according to SpaceX's news release. They even managed to successfully land the Falcon on Of Course I Still Love You, the SpaceX drone ship stationed off the Florida coast. If all goes as planned, SpaceX would fly the same rocket twice in a single day in 2019, which would be another first for the company. This would greatly reduce overall costs of getting payloads into the air.

"It would also speed up many aspects of our daily life". SpaceX tweeted a photo of the Falcon 9 as the rocket's first and second stage parted ways.

Palak also confirmed the satellite had been successfully deployed at Bangladesh's specified orbit slot "within 36 minutes" of the launch. "What a great sight!" the launch commentator announced as cheers and applause filled SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California. That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications. The launch was scheduled on Thursday, but last minute abort alert compelled the scientists to cancel its launch plans. That only leaves one massive project left for SpaceX - BFR. It is expected to be the first SpaceX vehicle to satisfy NASA's standards for its Commercial Crew Program to carry agency astronauts to the International Space Station.

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The achievement was hailed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a livestream appearance from her country's capital, Dhaka.

The Bangladeshi government has purchased a 119.1 east longitude orbital slot from Russia-based Intersputnik for 15 years for 28 million USA dollars.

The historic event took place at 2:14am (Bangladesh time) on Saturday when the country's first geostationary communication satellite started its voyage towards orbit from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA.

The two ground stations received the test signals from the country's first ever communications satellite after 6:25pm US Eastern Time (BDST 4:25am), reports UNB.

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