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Deferred frequently, launching of Bangabandhu-1 satellite now on May 10

Masudul Hoque, UNB Staff Writer

Monday 07 May, 2018 11:56:11 am

Deferred frequently, launching of Bangabandhu-1 satellite now on May 10

Bangladesh's first satellite Bangabandhu-1

Florida, May 7 (UNB) – The much-sought launching of Bangladesh's first satellite, ‘Bangabandhu-1’, will now take place on Thursday (May 10), said Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Dr Shahjahan Mahmood on Monday.

“The satellite will be launched at 4 pm (US time) on the day (May 10),” the BTRC chairman told the UNB correspondent from Dhaka over phone.

A 30-member Bangladesh delegation, led by State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, will leave here for Florida on Monday to attend the launching ceremony, he said.

Though the test results of satellite were expected to be in hand by Saturday evening, the SpaceX authorities are yet to provide the results.

The launching of Bangabandhu-1 was deferred on Tuesday for technical reasons and unfavourable weather.

With the latest one, the launching schedule of Bangladesh’s lone satellite has been deferred for eight times.

The 1,600-megahertz capacity satellite will have 40 transponders and the physical equipment of the space capsule that measure the capacity.

On October 21, 2015, the Cabinet Purchase Committee approved the project to buy the satellite system.
Later, the BTRC signed a deal involving Tk 2,000 crore with Thales Alenia Space, a Franco-Italian aerospace manufacturer, to construct the first-ever satellite project.

Bangladesh will be the 57th country of the world when Bangabandhu-1 to be launched into the orbital slot on 119.1degree east longitude which (slot) was bought from Intersputnik, a Russian satellite company, at US$ 28 million in January 2015.