The government will continue research in space technology, says Sheikh Hasina
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has said Bangladesh will launch its second satellite into space much ahead of the expiration of the Bangabandhu 1.
She said they have started the process of Bangabandhu 2, so it can replace the current satellite when it becomes obsolete after 15 years.
The first geostationary satellite of Bangladesh was launched on May 11.
Sheikh Hasina said this in reply to a question from reserve seat member Fazilatun Nesa Bappi during the prime minister’s question and answer session in parliament on Wednesday.
“The government would certainly continue research in space technology and make the best efforts to cope with any new technology in the future,” she said.
Laying importance on space technology, Sheikh Hasina said such research is crucial for the development of science and technology, disaster management, as well as agriculture.
Responding to a query of Jatiya Party member Fakhrul Imam, she said the location of the satellite, which is at the 119.1° east longitude geostationary slot, would not hamper in getting clear footage.
“None should be worried about it,” she said, adding every part of Bangladesh, which currently does not have internet service, would come under the satellite network.
She said the slot of the satellite has been hired from Sputnik of Russia. All Saarc countries and Indonesia, Philippines, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Kazakistan would be able to use the satellite as its location covers the space of these countries, she said.
Bangabandhu 1 has already settled in its orbit and started sending signals. It will take a little while longer to receive clear footage through the satellite, the prime minister said.