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Betbunia ground station ready to control Bangabandhu-1

  • Published at 10:31 pm May 16th, 2018
Betbunia Ground Station
Betbunia Ground Station Bangla Tribune

This cutting-edge control centre will act as a secondary point of control after the one built in Gazipur.

Preparations are already underway in Chattogram’s Betbunia Ground Station to control Bangladesh's first satellite, Bangabandhu-1, which was launched into space on May 11.

Newly built on five acres of land, this state-of-the-art control centre will act as a secondary controlling station after the one built in Gazipur.

Two signals were sent to the two ground stations in Gazipur and Betbunia once Bangabandhu-1 was launched in space.

Project manager of the Betbunia ground station Shipon Chandra Halder said the station is ready for operation and will soon enhance the digitized facilities of internet and satellite television channel broadcasting.

The infrastructure for the ground station has been completed, and a junior consultant from Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) confirmed that the station is now fully prepared for controlling and operating the satellite from Earth.

Habib, a student of Rangamati Science and Technology University, told UNB that he is feeling proud that the second ground station to control Bangabandhu-1 has been constructed in Rangamati.

Apu, a student of computer science, said that sending Bangabandhu-1 off into space is a huge step for the country towards digital technology, which would open new doors for them.

Feroza Begum Chinu, MP, said that Bangabandhu had built the ground station in the district to establish Bangladesh's communication with the rest of the world, which she believed was an imperative decision on his part.

She demanded the centre to be considered for preservation as a heritage site, as it contains Bangabandhu's memories.