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SpaceX launches Bangladesh's first communications satelliteSpaceX' Falcon 9 rocket successfully launched Bangladesh's first communications satellite, the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite, into geostationary orbit.
[INAUDIBLE] 15 seconds. Recognize and apply pressures. Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one, zero. Ignition Lift off. [NOISE] [APPLAUSE] [BLANK_AUDIO] [APPLAUSE] [SOUND] [INAUDIBLE] [NOISE] And your saw Falcon 9 lift off in a beautifully clear shot there at 4:14 PM Eastern. T+10 seconds, the thrust vector To control system. Vehicle is supersonic. Tilted Falcon to begin a pitch kick maneuver to get it going sideways. You just heard that we're going supersonic, and we're about to go through max Q, when the rocket's pushing hardest against the atmosphere. Vehicle is experiencing maximum dynamic pressure. [APPLAUSE] [SOUND] Cut off happening just a few seconds from now. [BLANK_AUDIO] B go. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] And there you saw those events occurring just as planned. You could even see some of the flicker from Merlin vaccuum engine plume as it flickers in the camera as that flame sort of interacted with the top of the interstage for a moment. [APPLAUSE] For those of you just joining us, we had three events in rapid succession. We had a main engine cut off from that first stage, we had a stage separation event, and then we had a second stage light followed quickly then, by a faring separation. Everything's going great right now Falcon nine is looking pretty good. Right now let's go over what we can see on your screen. On the left hand side that's a camera mounted on the top of the first stage of the rocket looking down towards the nine Merlin engines at the bottom. In that view you can see those titanium grid fence. They slowly deployed just after stage separation. And those grid fins will allow the Falcon Nine first stage to guide itself back down to the drone ship, Of Course I Still Love You. You can see brief flashes of those cold gas thrusters as they guide, provide additional control authority for that first stage. On the right hand side of your screen is a camera mounted at the very bottom of the second stage, looking down towards the Merlin vacuum nozzle. Of course at the very other end of that stage is the Bagamandhu Satellite-1. Right now that Merlin Magnum engine is glowing red hot with those exhaust gasses, as it propels Bagamandhu Satellite-1 into it's final geostationary transport orbit. [APPLAUSE] So it looks like we don't have a great video signal with that first change right now but we do have confirmation that the landing burn has started. Those landing legs should be deploying very soon. There it is [APPLAUSE]. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] After a brief interuption in the video signal we are looking at the 25th recovered first stage of a Falcon 9 vehicle. Welcome back, for those of you just joining us, we are only about 30 seconds away from the deployment of Bangabandhu Satellite-1. On the right hand side of your screen, you can see a camera view of the satellite itself from the very bottom It's currently attached to the top of that second stage by way of the pay load adapter fitting. In about 10 seconds we should be able to see that pay load adapter fitting release and Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be on it's way. [CROSSTALK]. Tail separation confirmed. [APPLAUSE] [APPLAUSE] [FOREIGN] [FOREIGN] [FOREIGN] [FOREIGN]