Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Sci-tech | By Javier West

Another milestone set with Bangabandu-1 launching: PM

Another milestone set with Bangabandu-1 launching: PM

Falcon 9, an upgraded rocket which can make back-to-back flights, lifted communication satellite Bangabandhu-1, named after the country's founder.

"Bangabandhu-I is also a timely initiative of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, who has envisioned building Digital Bangladesh by 2021", the state minister said.

Another first for the launch was its Bangabandhu Satellite-1 payload, which is Bangladesh's first geosynchronous communications satellite.

Greeting the country's people, she said, "Today, we launched Bangabandhu Satellite-1".

In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14-billion-taka (about 180 million US dollars) loan agreement with the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country's first-ever satellite "Bangabandhu-I".

Thousands of people across the world witnessed the launching, which was telecasted by different television channels and was webcasted by the SpaceX.

The accomplishment has been hailed from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a Live stream overall look from your country's capital, Dhaka.

The launch was initially expected to take place on May 10, 2018, but due to triggering of the automatic abort switch, the launch was postponed at the last minute.

Managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it uses 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders and was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform.

The successful launch of the Block-5 takes the company one step closer to satisfying NASA regulations for carrying astronauts to the International Space Station. When it reaches its final orbital position at 119.1° East, it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh, the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The satellite has 15 years for mission life span while another 3 years for its design. "With launching of Bangabandhu Satellite-1, we are hoisting our national flag in the space".

The satellite will offer video services for Direct-to-Home (DTH), e-learning, Tele-medicine, Family Planning, Farming etc while voice service to cellular backhaul and disaster recovery, etc and data service for internet, SCADA, SOHO as well as business-to-business (VSAT).

As it stands, Bangladesh spends $14 million annually to rent satellite connectivity from foreign service providers - the satellite, once it becomes functional in the next few months, will afford our economy much-needed breathing space.

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