SpaceX launches Bangladesh's first communications satellite

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Minutes after it blasted off, the rocket's main-stage booster flew back to Earth safely, landing on on an unmanned platform vessel floating in the Pacific Ocean.

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.

After the successful launch at 2:14am yesterday Bangladesh time from Cape Canaveral, Florida, the satellite reached about 35,700 kilometres from the launch pad as of yesterday evening, said Md Mezbahuzzaman, project director of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite project.

Falcon 9, the finest rocket of American firm SpaceX, started to carry the satellite to the orbit from the Cape Canaveral launching pad at 4:14 pm U.S. local time. Friday's flight marked the ninth SpaceX launch so far this year, compared to five orbital-class missions the company had logged at the same point in 2017, according to Musk.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1, which will provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country, deployed about half an hour after the launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida. Friday's second effort from SpaceX, formally known as Space Exploration technology, did actually have gone off with out a hitch.

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Greeting the country's people on the occasion of launching of Bangabandhu-1, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said another milestone has been set with its launching in Bangladesh's continuous march forward. "Today is a very delightful and glorious day for our motherland, Bangladesh, and Bangalee nation", she said.

The iconic slogan - "Joy Bangla, Joy Bangabandhu" was also chanted at places across the country while Bangabandhu-I was rocketing the country's flag and national logo to space.

SpaceX has signed a United States 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. NASA requires seven successful flights before the new rocket receives final certification for a manned mission.

The Block-5 Falcon-9 is the most advanced of SpaceX's rockets. SpaceX is one of two private companies hired by NASA to ferry astronaut crews to the space station.

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