SpaceX's Falcon 9 rocket debuted today a flawless satellite launch

At 4:14 pm EDT (20:14 GMT), the first of the Falcon 9 Block 5 rockets lifted off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) carrying the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO). Boosters of previous Falcon 9 iterations have launched a maximum of two times each, but Block 5 first stages should be able to fly 10 times with just inspections between landing and liftoff, and perhaps 100 times or more with some refurbishment involved, Musk said during a pre-launch call with reporters yesterday.

Meanwhile, the first stage carried out a series of maneuvers before touching down on the unmanned dronebarge "Of Course I Still Love You" in the Atlantic Ocean.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1, which will provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country, deployed about half an hour after the launch from NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

SpaceX began a project to improve the Falcon-9 hardware according to NASA's instructions. As such, Block 5 rockets have been created to conform to NASA's crew-carrying requirements. SpaceX CEO and Founder Elon Musk spoke to his anxieties about the launch. But the U.S. space agency wants to observe at least seven launches before it agrees to use the rocket system for manned spacecraft. The first crewed flights of the Block 5-Dragon system could come as early as this year, SpaceX representatives have said.

The SpaceX also said that the rocket and satellite "are in good health" and its teams are working on resuming the launching on Saturday.

"Bangladesh entered the new era through the launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1".

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"The Bangabandhu satellite will help to make Bangladesh an advanced country", Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, which will manage the satellite, told the Dhaka Tribune.

The Block 5 is the last variation of the Falcon 9 that SpaceX will certainly generate.

In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14-billion-taka (about 180 million US dollars) loan agreement with the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country's first-ever satellite "Bangabandhu-I".

Mahmood said after completing and traveling several processes, few more days will be required to tame the satellite at its Gazipur's Joydebpur and Rangamati's Betbunia ground stations. The satellite is expected to expand communication capabilities across Bangladesh and in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia.

Prime minister Sheikh Hasina greeted the countrymen for successful launching of Bangladesh's first communication satellite into space, saying that it added a new milestone to the path of continued advancement of the country.

Rahman was executed in 1975 at the age of 55.

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