Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Stepping into the future

"I believe the launching of satellite-1 will bring revolutionary changes in the field of broadcast and telecommunications".

She expressed her thanks to the satellite building and launching company, the USA and the French governments and their peoples for their support. Hasina also praised Russian Federation for renting its orbital slot to Bangladesh.

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.

President Abdul Hamid and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also joined the proud nation in witnessing the milestone event for Bangladesh's communication sector.

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

The satellite will be operated by its makers Thales Alenia Space for the first year, even as Bangladeshis are trained to take complete control from the 3rd year onwards.

The whole point of reusability - multiple flights with swift turnarounds, airplane-style - is to shave launch costs. "Crazy hard. And, of course, we still need to demonstrate it". It's not like we've done it.


Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood earlier said Falcon-9 will pull the 3.7-tone satellite vertically up to 36,000km from the launch pad before making adjustments for orbit. This new and improved model will be used to launch astronauts for NASA in the coming year. The company has become quite successful at landing the largest part of the rocket - known as the first stage or booster. There has been a fair amount of maintenance between uses.

However, statements from SpaceX mentioned that the problem was with ground support systems, not the rocket itself. In the most visible change, the segment between the first and upper stages went from white to black with the addition of new thermal insulation. 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. They also intend to do that with future rockets.

Minutes later, the rocket's main-stage booster flew back into Earth to achieve a safe return landing in an unmanned stage boat drifting in the Pacific Ocean.

NASA is requiring SpaceX to launch the Falcon 9 Block rocket at least seven times before allowing people on it.

The Block-5 also marks another milestone for Musk's California-based company. It's predicted to function as first SpaceX motor vehicle to satisfy NASA's standards for its Commercial Crew method to hold agency astronauts into the International Space Station.

The move made Bangladesh's debut in the global space society. This is the most powerful version of the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket, one featuring upgrades that enhance its reusability. This is the 25th successful Falcon 9 powered touchdown. The Heavy debuted in February, launching Musk's Tesla electric sports auto toward the orbit of Mars. The other is Boeing Co, reports Reuters.

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