Tarana Halim said: "So far 83 percent engineering works of the Bangabandhu-I have been completed while progress of antenna manufacture is 56 percent and works of communication and service modules reported 65 percent development."
The state minister disclosed the development at a press briefing about the satellite and optical fiber network of BTCL at BTCL Gulshan-1 Exchange Office on Friday, reports BSS.
Referring to the completion of satellite system requirement review (SRR) preliminary design review (PDR), she said: "We would start the commercial operation of the satellite in March 2018 after launching it to the space on December 16 next year."
If the current pace of work is continued, manufacture of the satellite would be completed in November 2017, said the state minister.
She said: "The satellite would be launched using vehicle -SpaceX and Falcon 9 -of United States from the Cape Carnival Launch Pad."
She said that necessary examination and exercise, especially integration of Falcon-9 for launching "Bangabandhu-I" would be conducted before one month of launch at the SpaceX.
The constructing firm ‘Thales Alenia Space of France’ would be handed over the satellite to the Cape Carnival after testing and review, the minister informed.
The Primary ground station of the satellite is constructing in BTCL Staff College compound in Gazipur while the secondary one is at Betbunia in Rangamati.