SpaceX delays launch debut of upgraded Falcon rocket
- Author: Regina Walsh May 12, 2018,
May 12, 2018, 12:53
The Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket, as the latest version is called, carried the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into orbit.
The recoverable Block 5 booster is meant to be reused at least 10 times with minimal refurbishment involving flights, so allowing more typical rods at lower price tag - a secret into the SpaceX firm version.
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.
Friday's trip marked the SpaceX launch so far this year, compared to five orbital-class missions the organization had photographed in an identical stage in 2017, according to Musk.
The Block-5 also marks another milestone for Musk's California-based company.
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The new Block 5 booster is seen as critical to SpaceX's plans to undertake crewed missions for NASA. SpaceX intends to use it in combination with the Dragon capsule in order to execute commercial contracts with NASA for delivery of astronauts on Board the worldwide space station.
It is expected to have a 15-year lifespan and will help save money for the Dhaka government, which now spends $14 million annually to rent from the services of foreign satellites, government officials said. "Second stage and satellite now in coast phase". These upgrades provide the rocket with about 8 percent and 5 percent more thrust, respectively, compared to the "Block 4". "This rocket is really created to be - the intent is to be the most reliable rocket ever built".
The satellite will offer video and communications coverage over Bangladesh and its territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia. "It is essential for us to set up satellite service conjunction with the submarine cable to ensure easy access to internet service".
Satellite launching company SpaceX successfully threw Bangabandhu-1, the country's first commercial satellite, to the orbit in U.S. local time 4:14pm (Bangladesh time 2:14am).
The satellite is named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, who is regarded as the founding father of Bangladesh.