The new SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 booster with Bangladeshi Bangabandhu-1 satellite successfully launched from Cape Canaveral late Friday night. The device successfully entered the geostationary orbit. The launch was to be held the day before, but it was canceled a minute before the start. The company did not explain what it was connected with. However, in “Twitter” Ilon Mask (the head of SpaceX) reported that the start was canceled by the automatic system.
Three minutes after the launch, the first stage of the launch vehicle was separated, six more minutes later it landed vertically on the automated floating platform “Of Course , I Still Love You “in the Atlantic Ocean.
This launch was the first for the new, the fifth modification of the first stage of the rocket. As already mentioned earlier, the updated returned first stage is designed for ten starts without major repair work after returning to Earth, and for a resource of up to 100 starts during subsequent repairs. The previous version provided only two launches.
The advanced stage also meets NASA requirements for missiles for manned flights into orbit. In the future, SpaceX plans to use it in conjunction with the Dragon capsule to fulfill the NASA contract for the delivery of astronauts aboard the International Space Station. The first launches with crews can be made already this year. The company already sent its capsule to the ISS, but it was used simply for the delivery of goods.