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Bangladesh blasts into space age as SpaceX propels Bangabandhu-1 to orbit

Bangladesh’s space age has dawned with the successful launch of Bangabandhu-1 satellite by SpaceX into orbit after 24 hours of high drama following an automatic abort on first attempt. The communications satellite rode into space on top of Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket that took off for its debut flight from NASA’s launchpad 39A at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral at 2:14am on Saturday Bangladesh time.“Bangabandhu-1 satellite has started its journey to orbit successfully as everything went as planned,” State Minister for ICT  told bdnews24.com from the space centre in Florida.The Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket’s first stage landed on a droneship in the Atlantic 8:45 minutes after the liftoff, according to SpaceX. The satellite was deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit approximately 33 minutes after the launch, SpaceX said.
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  • 12 May 2018