Tuesday, 22 May, 2018

SpaceX to debut upgraded Falcon 9 rocket

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After the March 2017 launch of a previous Falcon 9 rocket, Elon Musk said that, "The most important part of Block 5 will be operating the engines at their full thrust capability, which is about 7 or 8 percent nearly 10 percent more than what they now run at". The current version of the rocket requires at least 10 days of refurbishment between flights, on "hundreds of little things that need to be made more robust", Musk said.

SpaceX tries to re-use rockets, payload fairings, boosters and other parts to try to cut down on the cost of each rocket mission. The purpose-built reliable and reusable vehicle is further meant to be capable of as many as ten launches with "literally no action taken between flights", a "ridiculously hard" technological achievement only possible through a decade and a half of "extreme effort". (Bangabandhu-1 weighs 7,700 pounds).

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Beyond the new tanks, Musk described the process of ensuring that the rocket would be safe enough to carry people as well as satellites.

Eventually, the rocket will launch humans to the International Space Station, aboard SpaceX's Dragon crew capsule, still under development.

The Bangladesh delegation, led by State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, arrived here on Tuesday to witness the launching.

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Bangabandhu-1 will separate from the top of the Falcon 9 at 33mins 38secs after launch.

What is Bangabandhu Satellite-1?

Once the satellite is ready to be operated, he said, the control would be transferred to the ground stations in Gazipur's Joydebpur and Rangamati's Betbunia in Bangladesh. In all, the rocket has a 130-minute launch window. The rocket is created to launch twice in a 24-hour period. The LEOP phase will take 10 days while the second one 20 days, he said.

Junaid Ahmed Palak, said, "The Bangabandhu-1 will start its journey to space in time".

On October 21, 2015, the Cabinet Purchase Committee approved the project to buy the satellite system. Thales Alenia Space, a French company, designed and built the satellite, which already underwent several test runs.

Today's mission will see SpaceX deliver a communications satellite for the country of Bangladesh, its very first.