Bangladesh’s first satellite Bangabandhu 1 is not going to be launched on May 7, and the new date will be made public when decided upon, Post, Telecommunications, and Information Technology Minister Mustafa Jabbar has said.
When asked roughly how long the launch would be postponed for, the minister said: “This is a highly technical issue. We never said that the satellite would definitely be launched on May 7. There will be a test launch, and the final date of launch will be decided based on that. Preparations had been taken in order to carry out the test launch on May 7, but it is not certain anymore.
“We might get to know on May 5 as to when the launch might happen, and we have no hand in this. We did not send a team of representatives. The process for a satellite launch is extremely complicated. They will not launch it without everything being finalized,” Mustafa Jabbar added.
Sources said a small precursor test was carried out with the eventual 7 May test in mind. However, the test could not be completed and was rescheduled for May 4. Once the test is completed, it will take another 3-4 days for new launch date to come through.
A total of Tk2,967.95 crore was determined as the budget for the development and launch of the Bangabandhu Satellite. Of this, the government provided Tk1,315.51 and foreign funding provided Tk652.44 crore. However, the final cost of the satellite turned out to be Tk2,765 crore.