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Bangabandhu Satellite-1 set to be launched on May 10

  • Published at 11:46 am May 7th, 2018
  • Last updated at 09:03 pm May 7th, 2018
Bangabandhu Satellite-1 set to be launched on May 10
The launching date of Bangladesh's first satellite Bangabandhu-1 has been fixed on May 10, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chair Dr Shahjahan Mahmood said. The satellite will be launched at 4pm (US time) that day, he said on Monday. A 30-member delegation led by State Minister for Information Tarana Halim will leave for Florida on Monday to attend the launching program, he said. According to BTRC, the services of Bangabandhu-1 will be available after three months from the launching date. Though the test results of Bangladesh's first satellite were expected to be in hand by Saturday evening, SpaceX authorities are yet to provide them. The launching of Bangabandhu-1 was postponed on Tuesday for technical reasons and unfavourable weather. The launch of Bangladesh's lone satellite has now been deferred eight times. The Bangabandhu Satellite with a capacity of 1,600 megahertz will have 40 transponders. On October 21, 2015, the Cabinet Purchase Committee approved the project to buy the satellite system. Later, BTRC signed a deal involving Tk2,000 crore with Thales Alenia Space for the construction of Bangladesh’s first-ever satellite. Bangabandhu-1 will be launched into the orbital slot at 119.1 degree east longitude. The slot was bought from Russian satellite company “Intersputnik” for US$28 million in January 2015.
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