The Bangabandhu-1 satellite is confirmed to be launched in April this year
The Bangabandhu-1 satellite is confirmed to be launched in April this year. Project director engineer Md Mesbahuzzaman said the satellite will be launched from Florida, USA in the presence of a 30-member representative team from Bangladesh.
Md Mesbahuzzaman also said: “Officially, no date has been announced. The launching agency, SpaceX, will confirm us about the date at least 15 days prior to the launch.”
The launch of the satellite will be broadcasted online. The prime minister will observe the event from Bangladesh.
To celebrate the launch of Bangabandhu-1 satellite, there will be seminars, symposiums and other events across the nation.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s Information and Communication technology (ICT) Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy will be leading the team. State Minister of Information Tarana Halim, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, Secretary of Postal and Telecommunication Department Shyam Sunder Sikder and other BRTC officials will be also present during the event.
The launch was supposed to take place on the last week of March. The launching agency did not confirm a date so the date has been pushed back to April.
The launching date has been changed a few times already.
The satellite will have 40 [1 transponder= 36 MHz] transponders, which will be able to serve Saarc member countries, Indonesia and the Philippines, as well as Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan.
Under the project, two earth stations will be set up at Joydebpur in Gazipur and Betbunia in Rangamati.
Bangladesh spends around $14 million annually on satellite rent, for the running of television channels, telephones and radio connectivity.
Once launched, the Bangabandhu-1 satellite will save between Tk110 to Tk120 crore for broadcasting expenditure annually.
In November 2015, BTRC signed a $248 million deal with Thales Alenia Space to manufacture and launch the country’s first satellite. The orbital slot on 119.1 degree east longitude was bought from Russian satellite company “Intersputnik” for $28 million last year.