Ground gets signals from Bangabandhu-1

Carlton Robbins
May 12, 2018

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk says the improved boosters can be reused more than 10 times each and require little or no work between launches.

The first stage of SpaceX's first Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket sits on the deck of the drone ship "Of Course I Still Love You" just after acing its landing on May 11, 2018. It is the first launch of the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood earlier said Falcon-9 will pull the 3.7-tone satellite vertically up to 36,000km from the launch pad before making adjustments for orbit.

"It's really better in every way than the Block 4", Musk said, citing a range of upgrades from avionics to the thermal-protection sysem on the Block 5's first stage. 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". 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. "With launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, we're hoisting our national flag in the space". Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will provide direct-to-home services, video distribution and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications across Bangladesh.

This latest version of the Falcon 9 blasted off Friday from Florida's Kennedy Space Center 4:14 pm - a day later than originally planned. "There are thousands and thousands and thousands of requirements", Musk said of the rocket. SpaceX, however, confirmed that the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket and its payload are in good condition, which is great news to hear.

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It is the first Bangladeshi communications satellite put into space by SpaceX.

The SpaceX also said that the rocket and satellite "are in good health" and its teams are working on resuming the launching on Saturday.

" When Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is functional, Bangladesh will certainly be self-governing in regards to telecoms and also transmitting solutions, having the ability to supply interactions solutions to lots of global nations, such as Nepal, Myanmar or Bhutan under its insurance coverage location", the reps included.

Rahman was executed in 1975 at the age of 55.

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