'The rocket is scheduled to be launched at 4pm US time (2am Bangladesh time). But even if it’s not launched at the new stipulated time, they will give another time slot'
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on Friday expressed her firm optimism of launching Bangladesh’s maiden communication satellite into the orbit and urged the people of the country not to be disheartened about it.
“There is nothing to be worried about launching of Bangabandhu-1 Satellite. It will be launched Insha Allah and we will surely get it,” she said.
She said: “I would like to tell the people not to be disheartened about the satellite. However, I was also disheartened as the satellite’s launch was aborted just before 46 seconds.”
Hasina said cancellation of the satellite’s launching at the last moment was a normal incident and those who think about the science know it very well. “So there is nothing to be worried.”
Her remarks came during the inaugural address of Bangladesh Chhatra League’s 29th National Council at Suhrawardy Udyan.
The launch of the SpaceX next-gen rocket, whose main goal was to carry Bangabandhu-1 Satellite into space, was postponed in the early hours of Friday (BdST) for at least 24 hours.
The rocket’s onboard computers halted the countdown about one minute before the Block-5 edition of the Falcon 9 was set to blast off from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida on its maiden mission.
But the precise reason for the automatic shutdown of the final launch sequence was not determined, reports Reuters.
“Standing down today due to a standard ground system auto abort at T-1 min,” SpaceX had also tweeted.
The prime minister said the launching of a satellite was a sensitive matter and computerized programmes are made for it. “Joy (her son Sajeeb Ahmed Wazed Joy) and our delegation members were present there when the countdown had started.
“I had instructed Joy to call me immediately right before the launching of the satellite. And he did 15 minutes before the launch. But the launching stopped with 46 seconds left on the clock.”
She said the authorities had tried for two more hours to launch the satellite, but to no avail and the time expired.
However, Hasina said the authorities were scheduled to launching of the satellite in the wee hours of Saturday.
“The rocket is scheduled to be launched at 4pm US time (2am Bangladesh time). But even if it’s not launched at the new stipulated time, they will give another time slot,” she said.