Published: Sat, May 12, 2018
Research | By Jennifer Evans

SpaceX just successfully landed its most powerful rocket yet

SpaceX just successfully landed its most powerful rocket yet

After evolving Falcon 9 over almost a decade, with upgrades between every launch, SpaceX anticipates this will be the final version of a workhorse rocket that already completed more launches in 2017 than any other commercial vehicle.

Through this launching Bangladesh will enter into a historic journey of elite satellite club and said people who are related with this process.

Called Bangabandhu-1, the satellite is riding into space on top of SpaceX's Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket.

"The key to Block 5 is, it's created to do 10 or more flights with no refurbishment between each flight", he told reporters. The much-awaited launch had to be pushed back nearly 24 hours, until the next launching opportunity became available.

In addition, the upgraded Falcon 9 is more powerful than the previous versions, thanks to the nine Merlin engines in the rocket's first stage and the single "vacuum Merlin" in the second stage.

After launch, the first-stage booster of the rocket detached and guided itself back to Earth, where it landed safely on a platform in the ocean so it can be flown once again on a future mission.

SpaceX's Block 5 Falcon 9.

SpaceX company's latest version, Block 5, was about to take off day before from the Kennedy Space Centre on May 10 carrying with it Bangladesh Government's first satellite to the orbit.

Ultimately, Musk hopes to have 30 to 50 Block 5 rockets in SpaceX's fleet, capable of running hundreds of missions per year. These upgrades provide the rocket with about 8 percent and 5 percent more thrust, respectively, compared to the "Block 4". Before transporting humans, however, SpaceX will have to launch the rocket seven or more times. That's more than half of the estimated overall $62 million price of the Falcon 9, according to various trade publications. The company will also have to cover the not-inconsequential development costs for the BFR and for SpaceX's Starlink broadband satellite constellation. The constellation's first prototype satellites were sent into orbit in February, and within the next few years, Starlink is expected to become a major contributor to SpaceX's bottom line.

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