California: Bangladesh’s first ever satellite was elevated by SpaceX into the orbit, using an enhanced and upgraded rocket designed for dozens of repeat flights including back to back same day launches.
SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said that launching the same rocket twice in a time span of 24 hours will be ‘crazy hard,’ but he is optimistic of pulling off the feat.
The final variant of Falcon 9 rocket is capable of more than 10 re-flights, made its debut on Friday. It took off from NASA’s Kennedy Space Center, carrying a communication satellite named Bangabandhu-1.
The newest booster landed on an ocean bed following the take-off as planned. “What a great sight!” the launch commentator exclaimed in joy as cheers and applause erupt in jam packed SpaceX Mission Control in Hawthorne, California.