Satellite launch took nation to new height, says President

With sending the Bangabandhu-I to the orbit, Bangladesh has become the 57th country to launch a geostationary communication satellite. The Block 5 is created to be used at least 10 times with only minimal refurbishment.

The newly minted Block 5 variant of the Falcon 9 - designed with roughly 100 up grades for greater energy, security and reusability than its Block-4 predecessor - increased off at 4:14 p.m. EDT (2014 GMT) from the Kennedy Space Center.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk said that he would like to see a single Block 5 rocket fly three or four times by the end of 2018.

However, this is the first time that an enhanced version of the Falcon 9 rocket, known as "Block 5", has flown.

SpaceX began a project to improve the Falcon-9 hardware according to NASA's instructions. The upgraded version boasts a series of important advantages over the previous "Block 4" model and is created to maximize the rocket's reusability.

"This rocket is really created to be - the intent is to be the most reliable rocket ever built".

As the deployment of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit was confirmed, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "In the continuous advancement of Bangladesh another milestone is added today".

The landing, which occurred less than 9 minutes after liftoff, elicited raucous cheers from SpaceX employees at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California.

The "Block 5" is the newest version of the Falcon 9 rocket and also the last one that SpaceX will ever produce.

"With this historical first satellite, Bangladesh inhabitants will have access to a wide range of broadcast and communications services, including phone services, backhaul, radio, direct-to-home TV and internet", Thales Alenia Space representatives wrote in a description of the satellite.

SpaceX is also hoping that simple reusability of the booster will allow quick turnarounds with the potential of launching a Falcon 9 rocket twice within a 24-hour period.

Dr Mahmood said after completing and traveling several processes, few more days will be required to tame the satellite at its Gazipur's Joydebpur and Rangamati's Betbunia ground stations. When it reaches its final orbital position at 119.1° East, it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh, the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia.

Rahman was assassinated in 1975 at the age of 55.

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