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

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Heralded as the most advanced iteration of the rocket yet, this ought to be SpaceX's final version - most impressively, the Block 5 should allow SpaceX to complete more than two flights with the same Falcon 9 booster, which could help cut down on costs, as well as the time required between launches.

The Falcon 9 rocket used in Friday's launch was the first flight of an upgraded version of the rocket dubbed Block 5. The helium tanks were ruptured in a pre-launch test on September 1, 2016, causing an explosion.

Meanwhile, the first stage carried out a series of maneuvers before touching down on the unmanned dronebarge "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite, expected to have a primary service area encompassing Bangladesh and the surrounding region including territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal.

Additionally, the brand-new booster includes a collection of dependability upgrades developed to please NASA's strict crew-carrying requirements, due to the fact that SpaceX will certainly make use of the Block 5- in addition to the business's Dragon pill- to transport astronauts to the International Spaceport Station (ISS).

The landing, which occurred less than 9 minutes after liftoff, elicited raucous cheers from SpaceX employees at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

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The newly minted Block-5 edition of the Falcon 9 - equipped with about 100 upgrades for greater power, safety and reusability than its Block-4 predecessor - lifted off at 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center.

The new Block 5 booster is seen as critical to SpaceX's plans to undertake crewed missions for NASA. The upgraded version boasts a series of important advantages over the previous "Block 4" model and is created to maximize the rocket's reusability.

Enhanced rocket reusability also is a core tenet of SpaceX owner and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's broader objectives of making space travel commonplace and ultimately sending humans to Mars. "There are thousands and thousands and thousands of requirements", Musk said of the rocket.

Additionally, it will serve as an important source of income for Bangladesh, as we too will now be able to rent satellite services out to other countries.

Rahman was executed in 1975 at the age of 55.

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