Bangabandhu-1 breaking the speed of sound as the Falcon 9 assumes a more horizontal trajectory just after the 1-min mark. (SpaceX webcast)
Dhaka, May 12 (UNB) - Bangladesh has entered the elite space club of 57 nations with the launch of its first geostationary communications satellite, the Bangabandhu-1, into orbit by US space transport company SpaceX in small hours of Saturday.
The satellite was launched using the latest version of SpaceX's upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, the Block 5, from the historic Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4.14pm (local time) on Friday (2:14am, Saturday, May 12 in Bangladesh).
Around 36 minutes into the flight, Bangabandhu-1 was separated from its carrier and is now in geostationary orbit.
Bangabandhu-1 (right) being separated from its carrier and released into geostationary orbit.
Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on ICT Affairs Imran Ahmed and high officials concerned were present at the launching ceremony.
State-owned Bangladesh Television broadcast the launching of Bangabandhu-1 live, as did other local channels, although some were caught off guard by the almost immediate launch as the window for the day opened at 4:14pm.
The satellite has finally made its journey towards the orbit after its launching schedule was deferred 9 times previously.
Webcast of Falcon 9 launch is now live → https://t.co/gtC39uBC7z— SpaceX (@SpaceX) May 11, 2018
The live broadcast can be enjoyed here