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Bangabandhu satellite launching deferred to Saturday

Sun Online Desk     11th May, 2018 04:36:36 printer

Bangabandhu satellite launching deferred to Saturday

The most-awaited launching of the Bangladesh’s first satellite Bangabandhu-1 has been deferred for May 11 at 4.14pm  local time and ending at 6.21pm (BST 4.21am, May 12, Saturday) as the launching process showed abort massege in last minute of the blast off, SpaceX said.


The launching of the Bangabandhu-1 was set to its orbit on early Friday (Bangladesh time) from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in Florida.


SpaceX published a new time schedule on their official website saying: SpaceX is targeting launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on Friday, May 11 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, Florida. The launch window opens at 4:14 p.m. EDT, or 20:14 UTC, and closes at 6:21 p.m. EDT, or 22:21 UTC. Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch.


The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission will be the first to utilize Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX’s Falcon 9 launch vehicle. Falcon 9 Block 5 is designed to be capable of 10 or more flights with very limited refurbishment as SpaceX continues to strive for rapid reusability and extremely high reliability. Following stage separation, SpaceX will attempt to land Falcon 9’s first stage on the “Of Course I Still Love You” droneship, which will be stationed in the Atlantic Ocean. You can watch the live launch webcast below and find out more about the mission in our press kit.


The Bangabandhu-1 communication satellite was set to start its journey to the space at 3:47am Friday (BST) and at 5:47pm Thursday (US time).


The Space authority also assured that the satellite carrying rocket Falcon 9 is fully in good health.


SpaceX have previously announced a backup launch window opening on Friday, May 11 at 4.14pm  local time and ending at 6.21pm (BST 4.21am, May 12).


Meanwhile, launching observation team from Bangladesh, who are now in Florida, also assured countrymen not worry of abort message.


AL lawmaker Rasheq Rahman told Ekattor TV, “Don’t worry, such incident in satellite launching is common.”