VIDEO: Live coverage of the countdown and launch of the first SpaceX Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida with the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite. SpaceX’s live video coverage begins at approximately 3:57 p.m. EDT (1957 GMT) Thursday.
Today at approximately 3:57 p.m., SpaceX will be launching the first ever high-orbit communications satellite called “Bangabandhu-1”, for the country of Bangladesh.
The rocket is slated to launch from SpaceX’s launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida during a two-hour launch window between 4:12PM to 6:22PM ET.
The satellite will be sent up into space on top of SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket, which has had various upgrades made to it to make it easier to re-use and re-deploy. The Block 5 is designed for 10 or more flights using the same first stage booster (previous versions were only designed to handle 2-3 flights).
The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will travel 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas. It’s the first time the county will send a communications satellite to this high of an orbit.
Bangabandhu-1 is named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the assassinated founder of Bangladesh and Wazed’s grandfather. The satellite carries 26 Ku-band transponders and 14 C-band transponders for television and broadband communications services for the nation and surrounding regions.
SpaceX’s coverage of the launch will begin around 20 minutes before takeoff.
You can watch the coverage live in the video above.
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