Falcon 9 Block 5 Is Successfully Launched
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The latest and final version of Falcon 9 rocket, The Block 5, is successfully launched on Friday, May 11, 2018, carrying communications satellite for Bangladesh. Then the rocket’s first stage made a safe landing on an offshore droneship, the 25th recovery for SpaceX so far.
The Bangabandhu-1 (BD-1) is the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite. The project is being implemented by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and was the first payload launched by a Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket.
The Falcon 9 Block 5 is a version of the Falcon 9 carrier rocket that has been under development since 2017. It will be the successor of the “transition version” Falcon 9 Block 4 . The most important changes compared to the Full Thrust version will be an increase in the thrust of all the engines and an improvement in the landing legs. There will also be a large number of small changes to speed up the recovery and reuse of the first stages. Modifications to the launcher are intended to increase production speed and simplify the re-use process.
For a view of the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission of SpaceX, description by SpaceX, in italics, below:
SpaceX is targeting launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on Friday, May 11 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The two-hour launch window opens at 4:14 p.m. EDT or 20:14 UTC. A backup launch window opens on Saturday, May 12 at 4:15 p.m. EDT or 20:15 UTC. Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch. 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. Falcon 9 Block 5 is designed to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability. 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.
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