Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission is the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

The satellite, named Bangabandhu Satellite-1, lifted off at 1614 EDT (2014 UTC) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, the "Block 5" is capable of performing 10 or more times without being refurbished between launch and landing.

As for the rocket's first stage, SpaceX managed to land its rocket on its autonomous barge Of Course I Still Love You 340 nautical miles offshore in the Atlantic. The nine Merlin engines in the rocket's first stage and the single "vacuum Merlin" in the second stage boast about 8 percent and 5 percent more thrust, respectively, than their counterparts in the Falcon 9 Block 4.

Though this was the initial touchdown for a Block 5 initial stage, it was the 25th total for a Falcon 9 throughout an orbital launch. As such, Block 5 rockets have been created to conform to NASA's crew-carrying requirements. This job is a crucial concern of SpaceX owner as well as Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk, that has stated that such innovation can lower the expense of spaceflight and also make enthusiastic objectives such as the emigration of Mars financially practical. But even without the Block 5, SpaceX is already slated to have an extremely productive year, with 30 launches on deck for 2018.

Mahmood said after completing and traveling several processes, few more days will be required to tame the satellite at its Gazipur's Joydebpur and Rangamati's Betbunia ground stations.

"Bangladesh entered the new era through the launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1". Thales Alenia Space, the French-Italian company that built the satellite, said it would provide citizens in Bangladesh "access to a wide range of broadcast and communications services, including phone services, backhaul, radio, direct-to-home TV and Internet".

The satellite is called after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, that is considered as the founding father of Bangladesh.

While the satellite started its journey to the space, people of all ages across the country were awake and many of them started singing with joy and pride the national anthem - "Amaar Sonar Bangla, Ami Tomay Valobashi".

The satellite will offer video and communications coverage over Bangladesh and its territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

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