SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket

SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket

The rocket's payload, the Bangladeshi government's very first communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1, was set into Earth orbit at 4:47pm EDT, just 3 3 minutes after launch, based to SpaceX.

Visitors cheered and shouted slogns as the Falcon 9 Block 5, the latest version of SpaceX, was launched on its maiden mission As the countdown began, Bangladeeshi-Americans sang national anthem and shouted " Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu".

It is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability, according to SpaceX's news release.

Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9's first stage on the "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. Launching almost every other week - while developing a huge reusable Mars rocket and a constellation of 4,425 broadband satellites - SpaceX has become one of the most valuable private companies in the world, worth almost $28 billion. It also has less weight and a more easily produced structure.

The company's previous Falcon 9 rockets, while successfully recovered two dozen times, have never flown more than twice. SpaceX says it will try again Friday. That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications.

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By the end of 2017, Musk aims to launch two missions with the same rocket in the span of 24 hours.

The launch was initially expected to take place on May 10, 2018, but due to triggering of the automatic abort switch, the launch was postponed at the last minute.

The achievement was hailed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a livestream appearance from her country's capital, Dhaka.

Talking about the benefits of the Tk 2,765.66 crore satellite, project officials said it would immensely contribute to the digital advancement of the country. The satellite has a 15-year mission lifespan, while another three years for its design.

Bangabandhu-1 will provide satellite television, internet access, and emergency communication services, as well as broadband to rural areas in Bangladesh, and will be operated by the newly-formed state-owned company the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Ltd, after having been led by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Committee (the BTRC) up until this point.

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