Musk's SpaceX Rocket Built for Rapid Reuse Makes Debut Launch

Steve Phelps
May 12, 2018

The newest, and final, version of SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket debuted today (May 11) with a picture-perfect satellite launch - and the booster's first stage aced its landing as well.

The rocket's first and second stages separated about 2.5 minutes into the flight.

Yesterday should be one of the largest launches in SpaceX's history. But even without the Block 5, SpaceX is already slated to have an extremely productive year, with 30 launches on deck for 2018. Bangladesh is now a member of the satellite club.

"We have expanded the internet services up to the union level". Richardson joined our team shortly thereafter.His passion for space ignited when he watched Space Shuttle Discovery launch into space October 29, 1998. He met with members of the SpaceFlight Insider team during the flight of a United Launch Alliance Atlas V 551 rocket with the MUOS-4 satellite.

The launch was another in a string of resounding successes for Musk's aerospace company, whose ability to pioneer new advances in space technology have stood in contrast to the production struggles of his electric vehicle company, Tesla.

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Friday's flight marked the ninth SpaceX launch so far this year, compared to five orbital-class missions the company had logged at the same point in 2017, according to Musk. SpaceX delays prevented that from happening. SpaceX is no stranger to launching satellites, having previously helped the Turkmenistan's TurkmenAlem satellite into space in April 2015, and Bulgaria's Bulgariasat-1 last June. Other recent entrants include Belarus, Laos and Algeria.

Greeting the country's people on the occasion of launching of Bangabandhu-1, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Saturday said another milestone has been set with its launching in Bangladesh's continuous march forward.

But Bangladesh's satellite exists for more than just the sake of having a satellite.

It is created to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability, according to SpaceX's news release. The fight spent on this contract over a quarter of a million dollars. In an interview with SpaceNews, Wazed said the number is closer to $15 million to $30 million. This satellite will go into Geostationary Transfer Orbit, and should provide broadcast and communications services to folks in Bangladesh.

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