Elon Musk's SpaceX debuts updated Falcon 9 rocket built for rapid relaunches

Elon Musk's SpaceX debuts updated Falcon 9 rocket built for rapid relaunches

Elon Musk's SpaceX debuts updated Falcon 9 rocket built for rapid relaunches

The highly anticipated event suffered a last-minute delay on May 10, but just about 24 hours later, the rocket successfully took the skies, carrying Bangladesh's very first satellite, the Bangabandhu-1.

The "Block 5" booster, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle, was launched at 4.14 p.m. from NASA's Kennedy Space Centre, starting its maiden flight, Xinhua reported.

The recoverable Block-5 booster is created to be reused at least 10 times with minimal refurbishment between flights, allowing more frequent launches at lower cost.

SpaceX, a private American aerospace manufacturer and space transportation services company, confirmed the rockets landing on a drone ship named "Of Course I Still Love You".

However, this is the first time that an enhanced version of the Falcon 9 rocket, known as "Block 5", has flown.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) chairman Shahjahan Mahmood earlier said Falcon-9 will pull the 3.7-tonne satellite vertically up to 36,000km from the launch pad before making adjustments for orbit.

" It's actually much better in every method compared to the Block 4", Musk stated, mentioning a series of upgrades from avionics to the thermal-protection sysem on the Block 5's initial stage.

Billionaire Elon Musk is the lead designer of the SpaceX rocket.

The new Block 5 booster is seen as critical to SpaceX's plans to undertake crewed missions for NASA. The Falcon Heavy successfully launched in February, and the Block 5 landed well today. The BFR will fly individuals and also freight to Mars, yet it will certainly likewise introduce satellites to Planet orbit, tidy up room scrap, lug travelers on superfast point-to-point journeys around Planet and also do whatever else SpaceX requires it to do, Musk has actually stated.

The payload of the launch is the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite.

The launch made Bangladesh the 57th nation in the world and fourth in South Asia after India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to own a satellite.

Experts and officials said the country's first geostationary communication satellite will firstly help expansion of internet and telecommunication services in remote and rugged areas which still remained beyond the coverage.

Rahman was assassinated in 1975 at the age of 55.

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