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Live coverage: Bangabandhu-1 satellite launching

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10 May, 2018 10:34 AM



Live coverage: Bangabandhu-1 satellite launching

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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. 

 

05/12/2018 02:20

Satellite launching company SpaceX successfully threw Bangabandhu-1, the country’s first commercial satellite, to the orbit at local time 4:14pm (Bangladesh time 2:14am).

Through this launching Bangladesh entered into a historic journey of elite satellite club.

05/11/2018 04:09

SpaceX has called off today’s Falcon 9 launch attempt after a last-minute automatic abort.

Another launch opportunity is available Friday, with a window opening at 4:14 p.m. local time (BST 2.14am, May 12). There’s a 60 percent chance of good weather, with the primary concern regarding the thick cloud rule.

05/11/2018 01:02

According to the latest update from SpaceX, new launch time at 5:47pm local time (BST 3:47am Friday).

05/10/2018 23:39

The countdown clocks at the Kennedy Space Center are now ticking down to a new T-0 time of 4:42pm EDT (2042 GMT).

05/10/2018 18:12

The Falcon 9 rocket is standing vertical at launch pad 39A after rolling out of its hangar overnight. Launch remains set for 4:12 p.m. 

05/10/2018 09:26

The Falcon 9 rocket has reached its perch at launch complex 39A. Next it will be lifted into the vertical position at the launch pad.

05/10/2018 08:08

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 05/10/2018 08:04

The first Falcon 9 Block 5, with the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite attached inside the fairing, is now outside the hangar and preparing to climb the ramp to launch pad 39A.

05/10/2018 07:44

The Falcon 9 is emerging from the SpaceX hangar at launch complex 39A.

05/10/2018 06:10

There remains an 80 percent probability of acceptable weather conditions during Thursday's 130-minute launch window, which opens at 4:12 p.m. EDT (2012 GMT).

The latest forecast issued by the U.S. Air Force's 45th Weather Squadron continues to predict favorable conditions, with only a slight concern that thick clouds could violate launch weather constraints.

"On Thursday, low-level winds become more easterly, signaling the high pressure ridge is reorienting north," forecasters wrote in a weather summary released Wednesday. "This opens the door for a tropical wave propagating along the periphery of the ridge to move towards the spaceport. Upper-level clouds will also move in and will gradually lower and thicken."

The forecast calls for party cloudy skies, east-southeast winds of 15 to 20 mph, and a temperature of around 78 degrees Fahrenheit at launch time.

If the mission gets pushed back to Friday, the forecast worsens with more cloudiness due to arrive over Florida's Space Coast. The forecast Friday predicts a 60 percent chance of acceptable weather.

05/10/2018 05:29

The hangar doors at pad 39A have opened again.

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05/10/2018 03:53

SpaceX is expected roll out the next Falcon 9 rocket to pad 39A some time this evening or overnight to keep pace with preparations for tomorrow's launch.

Since the launcher was rolled back to the hangar near pad 39A at the Kennedy Space Center over the weekend, technicians have attached the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite and worked to accomplish final closeout tasks ahead of the rocket's return to the launch pad.

The doors leading to the launch pad on SpaceX's hangar opened earlier this afternoon, but the rocket did not roll out. The doors have now closed again.

At the moment, launch is still scheduled for 4:12 p.m. EDT (2012 GMT) tomorrow, carrying the Bangabandhu 1 telecom craft to geostationary transfer orbit.


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