This afternoon, SpaceX is going to launch the first ever high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh at 4:12PM EST. The satellite, called Bangabhandu-1, will be riding into space atop of the company’s most advanced Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket yet. This launch of the Falcon 9 will be the most powerful and last model of its kind, launching from the SpaceX launchpad at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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SpaceX’s main goal for this mission is to get the Bangabandhu-1 satellite to orbit. The satellite will travel 22,000 miles above Earth to provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas. This will be the first time a country will send a communications satellite to an orbit at this height.
SpaceX’s coverage of the launch will begin around 20 minutes before takeoff, so make sure to watch the Falcon 9 launch into space below.