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Bangabandhu satellite launched early Saturday

World Desk :   The most-awaited launching of the Bangladesh’s first satellite Bangabandhu-1 has finally been blasted off to its orbit on early Saturday (Bangladesh time) from Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral in Florida.

The Bangabandhu-1 communication satellite started its journey to the space at 2:14am Saturday (BST) and at 4:14pm Friday (US time).

SpaceX successfully launched the satellite in a second attempt on Friday, May 11 (Saturday, May 12) through it’s first-ever “Block 5” Falcon 9 rocket that carrying the Bangabandhu satellite-1 to its orbit in the space.

The Block 5 — the latest and final version of the workhorse Falcon 9 — was scheduled to launch the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on Thursday, May 10 (Friday, May 11 in Bangladesh) from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center (KSC) in Florida.

But an as-yet-undisclosed issue triggered an automatic abort just 58 seconds from liftoff, pushing the attempt back a day.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be deployed into a geostationary transfer orbit (GTO) approximately 33 minutes after launch.

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