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‘Bangabandhu-1 to reach orbit within 2-3 days’

  • Published at 09:46 pm May 20th, 2018
Major scientific breakthroughs for Bangladesh include the launch of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite in May this year SpaceX

Bangabandhu-1, the first commercial satellite of Bangladesh, will reach its orbit within two to three days, says Project Director Mohammad Mesbahuzzaman.

"After successful launching, the Bangabandhu-1 Satellite needed 11 days for reaching its orbit and it will arrive at its orbital slot on 119.1 degree on May 22 or May 23 as per the schedule," he said while talking to UNB.

About the satellite’s next activities after reaching its orbit, Mesbahuzzaman said: "It will take two to three months more for the satellite to become fully operational."

Bangladesh entered the elite space club of 57 nations with the launch of its first geostationary communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1, into the orbit on May 12.

The satellite was launched using the latest version of US space transport company SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, the Block 5, from the historic Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral.

It was bought from Russian satellite company “Intersputnik” for $28 million in January 2015.