Successful launch and touchdown for next-generation Falcon 9 rocket

Falcon 9 Block 5 rolling onto launch pad as seen in Instagram post by Elon Musk

The Falcon 9 Block 5 carried Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite toward orbit on Friday.

Block-5 marks the final version of the Falcon 9 lineup before SpaceX introduces its super heavy-lift launch vehicle, dubbed the Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be created to send manned missions to Mars.

The new "Block 5" Falcon 9 rocket took off from NASA's Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida at 4:14 p.m. EDT (20:14 GMT) and performed a flawless satellite launch that erased the memory of yesterday afternoon's boggled attempt.

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". "With launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, we're hoisting our national flag in the space". Within the next year, Chief Executive Elon Musk wants to fly the same rocket twice within a 24-hour period.

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

Aerial view of Falcon 9 with Dragon qualification spacecraft on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in February 2010.

"Today (Friday) it aborted the launch just 42 seconds before launch". The 9 Merlin engines in the rocket's initial stage as well as the solitary "vacuum cleaner Merlin" in the 2nd phase brag concerning 8 percent and also 5 percent extra propelled, specifically, compared to their equivalents in the Falcon 9 Block 4.

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But in order to make the Falcon 9 certified for carrying humans, SpaceX had to make a huge number of improvements to the rocket's design.

Dr 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.

The satellite's coverage area includes Bangladesh and other countries, including India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia, according to a Thales statement.

But the primary goal of the mission is to get Bangabandhu-1 into orbit.

Managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it uses 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders and was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform.

Hamid also watched the launching of the country's first satellite as BTV broadcast it live.

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