SpaceX's new Falcon 9 just landed perfectly, and it's a game-changer

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NASA will require seven successful flights of the Falcon 9 Block 5 before flying astronauts on the rocket.

The recoverable Block 5 booster is meant to be reused at least 10 times with minimal refurbishment involving flights, so allowing more typical rods at lower price tag - a secret into the SpaceX firm version. The satellite was successfully deployed into geostationary transfer orbit; the Block 5, meanwhile, landed on SpaceX's "Of Course I Still Love You" droneship in the Atlantic.

SpaceX's Block 5 rocket blasted-off successfully on Friday afternoon. It also has less weight and a more easily produced structure.

This latest and final version of the company's Falcon 9 rocket - capable of more than 10 reflights, possibly even 100 - made its debut Friday. SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk spoke to his anxieties about the launch. That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications.


It came a day after the original launch countdown was halted one minute before blastoff time due to a technical problem detected by the rocket's onboard computers. This is SpaceX's 25th successful first stage recovery - 11 on land and 14 on the drone ship - and the booster will now be taken back for inspection and refurbishment to be launched again. He also said that he hopes to demonstrate the same rocket to be re-launched in a span of 24 hours. It is expected to be the first SpaceX vehicle to satisfy NASA's standards for its Commercial Crew Program to carry agency astronauts to the International Space Station.

The Prime Minister of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina Wazed, thanked all the countries and companies involved in making the satellite a success, as well as "Russia for leasing its orbital slot to Bangladesh". "It is an important step forward in the country's digital advancement", the embassy said in a statement on Sunday.

Bangladesh is now the 57th nation in the world and the fourth in South Asia to own a communication satellite.

It is expected to have a 15-year lifespan and will help save money for the Dhaka government, which now spends $14 million annually to rent from the services of foreign satellites, government officials said. The Bangabandhu satellite-1 is the country's communication satellite that will improve TV, telecommunication, and internet services in Bangladesh and its neighboring countries.

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