Elon Musk's SpaceX debuts updated Falcon 9 rocket built for rapid relaunches

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The latest version of the Falcon 9 has around 100 upgrades, and includes a recoverable booster that is created to be reused at least 10 times, allowing more frequent launches at lower cost - a key to billionaire Elon Musk's business model.

In addition to the satellite, the Falcon 9 launch could represent a major change in the operations and reliability of the SpaceX rockets. As the second stage continued to power Bangabandhu-1 to a high geostationary transfer orbit, the first stage maneuvered its way back to Earth, pulling off a pinpoint touchdown on a robotic SpaceX "drone ship" stationed in the Atlantic Ocean almost 400 miles (630 kilometers) southeast of KSC. If all goes as planned, SpaceX would fly the same rocket twice in a single day in 2019, which would be another first for the company. 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.

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SpaceX's newest rocket, the Falcon 9 Force 5, propelled the satellite into orbit. The upgraded version boasts a series of important advantages over the previous "Block 4" model and is created to maximize the rocket's reusability. But in order to make the Falcon 9 certified for carrying humans, SpaceX had to make a huge number of improvements to the rocket's design. The Octaweb - the framework that holds the engines in place within the rocket - is now bolted together rather than welded for easier assembly and checking. SpaceX tweeted a photo of the Falcon 9 as the rocket's first and second stage parted ways. "This rocket is really created to be - the intent is to be the most reliable rocket ever built". SpaceX is one of two private companies hired by NASA to ferry astronaut crews to the space station. Managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it uses 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders and was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform.

Friday's launch occurred at 1:14 p.m. California time. The satellite will eventually travel to a path 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas.

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He said launching of Bangabandhu-I satellite is an instance of technology-led transformation of Bangladesh under the leadership of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and her ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy.

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