SpaceX launches most powerful Falcon 9 rocket, carrying Bangladesh's first communication satellite

Posted May 14, 2018

After an upgraded variation of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Florida's Cape Canaveral bring Bangladesh's initial interactions satellite right into orbit, its Creator and also Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Sunday claimed his business is established for over 300 mission in 5 years.

After a day's delay, Bangladesh's first satellite was today successfully launched atop the first SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket.

Finally, SpaceX has launched their most sophisticated & modern technology rocket Falcon 9 on 11th May. The company needs to launch the Block 5 version of Falcon 9 (not necessarily the same exact rocket) at least 7 times before any astronauts can climb aboard.

"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", the representatives added.

After launch, the first-stage booster of the rocket detached and guided itself back to Earth, where it landed safely on a platform in the ocean so it can be flown once again on a future mission. A two-hour launch window is set to begin at 4:14 pm ET.

The precise reason for automatic shutdown of the final launch sequence was not determined.

The first stage and second stage of the rocket separated after just 2.5 minutes. The booster is created to be reused up to 10 times with little maintenance between missions and up to 100 times overall.

The updated rocket is created to be reusable, which would drastically reduce costs of trips to space. This is the most powerful version of the private space company's Falcon 9 rocket, one featuring upgrades that enhance its reusability.

During the call, Musk discussed changes that SpaceX engineers have incorporated into the Block 5 variant of the rocket.

SpaceX continues to work with NASA to qualify its Falcon 9 rocket and Dragon spacecraft for crew missions, which may happen about a year from now.

The Big Falcon Rocket, or BFR, which will be used to explore Mars - a goal that Musk hopes to accomplish by 2022 - will be built in the Port of Los Angeles.

For this new model, SpaceX enhanced engine performance, strengthened various parts of the rocket and improved the landing gear system.

SpaceX has no plans to use its Falcon Heavy, which is now the most powerful rocket in operation, to fly humans.