Bangladesh launches its first satellite

Falcon 9 Block 5 rolling onto launch pad as seen in Instagram post by Elon Musk

Besides missions into the space channel, the brand new rocket will be used to launch U.S. Air pressure global positioning satellites and other high-value, military and national security payloads. The satellite will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country, and will be important in delivering telemedicine and e-learning to remote parts of the country. "With this launching, we've hoisted the Bangladesh flag in the space... entered a new era".

The achievement was hailed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a livestream appearance from her country's capital, Dhaka.

According to the Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh's annual expenditure for satellite connectivity is now 14 million Dollars spent on renting bandwidth from foreign operators.

The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission served as the first flight of Falcon 9 Block 5, the final substantial upgrade to SpaceX's Falcon 9 launch vehicle. The satellite is expected to expand communication capabilities across Bangladesh and in India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia.

SpaceX chief executive Elon Musk said launching the same rocket twice within 24 hours will be "crazy hard", but he hopes to pull off the feat as early as next year.

The 3.9-ton satellite traveled to a path 22,000 miles above Earth and went into orbit at 4:52 p.m.




As the deployment of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit was confirmed, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said, "In the continuous advancement of Bangladesh another milestone is added today".

"The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will certainly bring revolutionary changes in our broadcast and telecommunications sector".

Managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it uses 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders and was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform. It is predicted that with the launch of Bangabandhu-1, this cost will significantly decrease.

Two ground stations for controlling the satellite have already been built at Joydebpur and Betbunia.

"I would like to thank Thales Alenia, the satellite manufacturing company of France, for building the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, and Space-X, the USA, which were responsible for launching the Bangabandhu Satellite-1".

Bangabandhu-1 Satellite is to establish Bangladesh's own stake on space, opening up enormous opportunities providing three types of advantages involving information and communication technology (ICT), and the broadcasting industry, alongside brightening Bangladesh image.

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