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SpaceX's new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it's a game-changer

SpaceX's new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it's a game-changer

SpaceX launched the Falcon 9 Block yesterday, Friday, May 11, 2018. SpaceX landed the rocket's first stage back on a drone ship stationed in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission will be the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle.

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.

The new Falcon 9 rocket took off on its maiden voyage to carry into orbit Bangladesh's first communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1.

As the satellite started its journey into space, people of all ages across Bangladesh were awake, and many of them started singing the national anthem.

The satellite will offer video and communications coverage over Bangladesh and its territorial waters in the Bay of Bengal, as well as in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

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Bangabandhu-1 is our first own satellite, which is now on its way to orbit. The satellite will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country, and will be important in delivering telemedicine and e-learning to remote parts of the country. The satellite has a 15-year mission lifespan, while another three years for its design.

In November 2015, Bangladesh signed a 19.51-billion-taka (about 248 million U.S.dollars) deal with French firm Thales Alenia Space for the satellite project.

Increased rocket reusability also is just a core tenet of SpaceX operator and billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk's wider goals of earning space traveling common place and eventually sending humans to Mars.

Two ground stations for controlling the satellite have already been built at Joydebpur and Betbunia. The company's local partner in Bangladesh, Spectra Engineers Ltd, is in charge of civil engineering works for the ground infrastructures.

In a televised message on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: "The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be a great addition to our information technology, heralding our entry into the satellite club of the world".

Bangabandhu-1, named after the nickname of Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, founding father of Bangladesh, was launched into its orbital slot on 119.1 degrees east longitude.