Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

The Falcon 9 rocket launch

At 4:14 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) on May 11, 2018, Bangabandhu-1, Bangladesh's first geostationary communications satellite, was launched into space from Cape Canaveral, Florida in the United States.

An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the company's ninth launch so far this year, has been tailored for eventual crewed missions for NASA.

Falcon 9 is created to be capable of ten flights with least amount of refurbishments and modifications.

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.

The Falcon 9 is SpaceX's workhorse, regularly hauling satellites into orbit and supplies to the International Space Station.

"Today, we launched Banghabandhu Satellite-1". Scheduled to launch Thursday, the launch got unexpectedly scrubbed within a minute of its expected launch.

Reliability is crucial to the next milestone for SpaceX: Putting astronauts on top of Falcon 9 in the company's Crew Dragon capsule.

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SpaceX successfully launched the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on the maiden voyage of its new and improved Falcon 9 rocket.

By the end of 2017, Musk aims to launch two missions with the same rocket in the span of 24 hours. That only leaves one massive project left for SpaceX - BFR.

The Block 5 additionally marks another milestone for Musk's California-based company.

SpaceX has signed a Dollars 2.6 billion contract with the NASA to complete development of Crew Dragon, a capsule to ferry astronauts to and from the International Space Station.

"Bangladesh started a glorious chapter in the history with the launching of Bangabandhu-1 satellite as it has become a proud member of the satellite club from today", the President said in a message as quoted a saying by The Daily Star.

"Once Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is operational, Bangladesh will be autonomous in terms of telecommunications and broadcasting services, being able to offer communications services to many foreign countries, such as Nepal, Myanmar or Bhutan under its coverage area", stated Thales Alenia Space representatives. By comparison, the other reused boosters that SpaceX has flown until now had a maximum of two launches each.

She expressed her thanks to the satellite building and launching company, the USA and the French governments and their peoples for their support.

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