SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, carrying Bangladesh's first communication satellite

SpaceX PAZ Starlink Falcon 9

Though the launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center on the previous day was aborted at the very last minute, quite literally, the next attempt went without any glitches.

The latest version of the Falcon 9 has around 100 upgrades, and includes a recoverable booster that is created to be reused at least 10 times, allowing more frequent launches at lower cost - a key to billionaire Elon Musk's business model.

SpaceX now dominates the global market of orbital rocket launches, which the U.S. had seceded to Russian Federation and Europe until previous year.

The Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket's main goal for its maiden mission was to propel a communications satellite for Bangladesh, called Bangabandhu Satellite-1, to a geostationary transfer orbit roughly 22,000 miles (35,000 kilometers) above Earth.

The "Block 5" booster, the last significant upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch auto, was introduced from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre on its first trip on Friday.

Palak also confirmed the satellite had been successfully deployed at Bangladesh's specified orbit slot "within 36 minutes" of the launch. "Ironically, we need to take it apart to confirm that it does not need to be taken apart", Musk said. The Falcon Heavy successfully launched in February, and the Block 5 landed well today.

SpaceX is one of two private companies hired by NASA to ferry astronaut crews to the space station.

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The updated rocket is created to be reusable, which would drastically reduce costs of trips to space.

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

In a televised message on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: "The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be a great addition to our information technology, heralding our entry into the satellite club of the world". It would mostly cover South Asian countries and Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkestan and a part of Kazakhstan.

Bangabandhu-1. Image courtesy of Thales Alenia. The satellite has a 15-year mission lifespan, while another three years for its design.

According to the Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh's annual expenditure for satellite connectivity is now 14 million United States dollars spent on renting bandwidth from foreign operators.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission at Cape Canaveral, USA.

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