SpaceX's Block 5 lands safely, delivers Bangabandhu 1 into orbit

SpaceX's Block 5 lands safely, delivers Bangabandhu 1 into orbit

Elon Musk's fledgling aerospace company SpaceX has bounced back from its failure to launch this week, successfully launching its Falcon 9 rocket from Florida's Cape Canaveral yesterday. It marked a key milestone for the country and was celebrated throughout Bangladesh. The launch center is the Kennedy Space Center.

"Successful deployment of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit", SpaceX said on Twitter.

Initial connections have already been established with the Gazipur and Rangamati ground stations, while the satellite Bangabandhu is running its smooth sailing towards its orbit.

"We expect there would be literally no action taken between flights, so just like aircraft", Musk said, describing the many years of effort that went into the rocket as "crazy hard".

But many other small improvements to the Falcon 9 are also key to true low-priced reusability.

Many in Dhaka and elsewhere in the country reportedly gathered in front of TV screenes early on Saturday to see the satellite's live launch. Insane hard. We still need to demonstrate it.


However, statements from SpaceX mentioned that the problem was with ground support systems, not the rocket itself.

In addition, the upgraded Falcon 9 is more powerful than the previous versions, thanks to the nine Merlin engines in the rocket's first stage and the single "vacuum Merlin" in the second stage. Although SpaceX has never fully divulged manufacturing costs, experts have estimated that the first stage of the rocket alone can cost up to $40 million. According to Musk and SpaceX, each Block 5 rocket will be able to fly at least 10 missions with minimal refurbishing, and with as little as 24 hours between launches.

These improvements are not only aimed at making the Falcon 9 more reliable and reusable, but is also in anticipation of the first flights of the Crew Falcon, which will carry astronauts to the International Space Station (ISS).

The Block 5 launch is expected to be the last major upgrade to a workhorse rocket. The new version of the rocket is outfitted with upgrades created to make it more durable so it can be reused as many as 10 times, dramatically cutting the costs of space missions. But it has yet to complete more than two flights with the same Falcon 9 booster.

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

SpaceX has signed a United States dollars 2.6 billion contract with the NASA to complete development of Crew Dragon, a capsule to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station. The other is Boeing Co.

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