SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 rocket yet

Gwen Vasquez
May 13, 2018

Besides missions into the space channel, the brand new rocket will be used to launch U.S. Air pressure global positioning satellites and other high-value, military and national security payloads.

As the Inquisitr previously reported, the "Block 5" is capable of performing 10 or more times without being refurbished between launch and landing. "Also, I would like to thank Russian Federation for giving us the opportunity to use their orbital slot".

With sending the Bangabandhu-1 into orbit, Bangladesh has become the 57th country to launch a geostationary communication satellite.

Block 5 marks the ultimate edition of the Falcon 9 lineup earlier SpaceX introduces its superb heavy-lift launch motor vehicle, dubbed the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be built to ship manned missions to Mars. A delegation of Bangladeshi officials, led by State Minister for Telecommunications and Post, Tarana Halim, arrived in Florida on Tuesday to witness the successful launch.

SpaceX is one of two private companies hired by NASA to ferry astronaut crews to the space station. Then again, the notoriously fickle chap has also said he wants to begin retrieving the second stage of the Falcon, which would entail some major design changes in the future.

The Block 5 is also expected to be a key player in helping SpaceX send humans into space. 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.

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The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wazed, thanked all the countries and companies involved in making the satellite a success, as well as "Russia for leasing its orbital slot to Bangladesh". C- band covers Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and portions of Kazakhstan.

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 satellite will contain 40 transponders; Bangladesh will use 20 and rent out the rest. The upgraded model, which can be reflown about a hundred times, carried Bangladesh's Bangabandhu satellite-1.

Bangabandhu-1. Image courtesy of Thales Alenia.

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.

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