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SpaceX upgraded rocket soars with satellite for Bangladesh

SpaceX upgraded rocket soars with satellite for Bangladesh

The Block 5 is also outfitted with improved navigation fins - which help guide the rocket's first stage back to Earth after delivering a satellite into orbit - made from fire-resistant titanium.

Named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the founding father of Bangladesh, the communication satellite is destined to provide the people of Bangladesh with a wide array of services, "including phone services, backhaul, radio, direct-to-home TV, and internet", Thales Alenia Space, the French company that built the satellite, said in a statement. He's stated that his objective is always to launch exactly the identical booster twice within just 24 hours.

The Falcon 9 will eventually transport astronauts to the ISS under NASA's Commercial Crew Program. SpaceX officials said the rocket's flight computer received an abort signal from its ground system, which turned out to be an "artifact" of an earlier test sequence that had not been properly reset.

After launch, the mission achieved a quick succession of feats: a first stage engine cutoff followed by a stage separation, and then a second stage burn and fairing release. It will be dissected before flying again in a few months. Though the Falcon 9 Block 5 was designed with human spaceflight in mind, NASA will require seven successful flights of the Block 5, with no significant changes to the rocket's configuration, before allowing humans on board.

The Block 5 is the last version of the Falcon 9 that SpaceX will produce.

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"In the continuous advancement of Bangladesh another milestone is added today", said Bangladesh prime minister Sheikh Hasina in a video address aired on SpaceX's launch webcast.

The Falcon 9 took flight at 4:14 p.m. ET from Cape Canaveral, Florida, carrying the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 - a communications satellite for Bangladesh - on its way to orbit.

With greater refurbishment, a Block 5 could be launched up to 100 times. Moments later, the second stage cut its burn.

The Falcon 9 rocket landing. "Second stage and satellite now in coast phase".