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Airbus wants to assist in launching Bangabandhu Satellite-2

Bangabandhu Satellite-2 will be an Earth Observatory satellite, the minister says

Update : 24 Jul 2023, 05:29 PM

International spacecraft construction company Airbus has expressed interest in supporting Bangladesh with the construction and launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-2.

A three-member delegation from Airbus, led by Guillaume Audren de Kerdrel, deputy head of Mission of the French Embassy in Bangladesh, met with Posts and Telecommunications Minister Mustafa Jabbar at the Bangladesh Secretariat on Sunday.

During the meeting, Airbus expressed their interest and discussed various aspects related to Bangabandhu Satellite-2, including construction, launch, orbital slot allocation, and the satellite type. 

Mustafa Jabbar said: "The successful launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is one of the achievements of the present government. Bangladesh has become the 57th proud member of the Satellite Club. Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is playing an unprecedented role in establishing digital connectivity in remote areas, including broadcasting TV channels and ensuring uninterrupted connectivity during disasters."

Highlighting the need for Bangabandhu Satellite-2, the minister said: "It will be an Earth Observatory satellite."

"We are implementing the launch of the country's second satellite as per the government's election manifesto. Bangladesh entered the 5G era on December 12, 2021, following the implementation of the 2018 manifesto. Work is underway for a third submarine cable connection," the minister said.

The minister also recalled France's contribution in the construction and launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1. The deputy head of Mission appreciated Bangladesh's progress in the development of digital technology.

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