— SpaceUpClose.com — 10 May 2018
FL – The first upgraded Falcon 9 Block 5
booster built by Elon Musk’s SpaceX is poised for blastoff today May 10 from
the Florida Space Coast with the 1st ever geostationary communications
satellite for the nation of Bangladesh – and the weather outlook is excellent!
seaside Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida is slated
for Thursday afternoon, May 10 following a review of the engine test data by
slightly over two hours; opening at 4:12 p.m. EDT (2012 GMT) and closing at 6:22 p.m. EDT (2222
camera set up.
side boosters from February’s maiden launch made a brief appearance at the pad –
see photo above!
May 10 launch date in a tweet posted on May 7- three days after engineers
completed the brief, approximately three second long engine test at sunset on
May 4 – witnessed by Space UpClose.
Falcon 9 Block 5 launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on May 10 from Pad 39A in
Florida,” SpaceX tweeted.
minutes before opening of the nominal launch window at – spacex.com/webcast
OCISLY droneship prepositioned at sea in the Atlantic Ocean some 400 miles (600
km) off the east coast of Florida.
making it the 58th country to own such a satellite.
the Nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
Space, a satellite manufacturing company based in France in their Cannes
facility for the governmental Bangladesh
Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).
Canaveral on March 30 for processing by SpaceX.
is equipped with fitted with 26 Ku-Band and 14 C-Band transponders. The
satellite’s coverage zone encompasses Bangladesh and the surrounding region.
This system will offer capacity in Ku-Band over Bangladesh and its territorial
waters of the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Philippines and
Indonesia; it will also provide capacity in C-Band over the whole region.
extremely great importance and significance to NASA because the Block 5 Falcon
9 will be used by SpaceX to launch American astronauts back to space and the
International Space Station (ISS) from American soil and thereby end our 100%
dependence on the Russian Soyuz for seats to orbit and back.
on the upgraded Falcon 9 – which is also the final upgrade for this rocket,
according to SpaceX CEO Elon Musk and VP Hans Koenigsmann. The upgrades
increase the reliability and reusability of the Falcon 9 including faster
turnaround with less maintenance and fewer refurbishments.
today by the U.S. Air Force’s 45th Weather Squadron indicates an 80% chance of
favorable weather conditions at launch time.
favorable weather conditions at launch time. The primary concern remains for
the Thick Cloud Layer Rule.
with the Bangabandhu-1 payload encapsulated inside the nose cone was rolled
back out to pad 39A overnight but only raised erect this morning at about 8
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Florida and Wallops Flight Facility, Virginia.
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