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Bangabandhu-1, our space odyssey

  • Published at 04:02 am May 12th, 2018
Bangabandhu-1, our space odyssey
The Bangabandhu-1 takes off on a Falcon 9 rocket at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida /SpaceX

After much anticipation, the Bangabandhu-1 satellite launch has been successful, taking the country to space

Bangladesh has many things to take pride in. In 2018, Bangladesh became eligible for graduation to be a developing country status. And tonight, a satellite that belongs to the country has been sent to space.

A Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket blasted off from Kennedy Space Center in Florida carrying the Bangabandhu-1 to space.

Once it reaches 119.1° East longitude, the satellite will provide direct-to-home (DTH) services, video distribution, and very small aperture terminal (VSAT) communications across Bangladesh. However, it will take at least three weeks for the satellite to be fully effective as ground controllers calibrate it for use.