Launching of Bangabandhu-1 satellite rescheduled for May 10

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Dhaka: Bangabandhu-1, the first ever satellite of the country, has now been set to be launched on May 10.

Zakir Hossain Khan, senior assistant director (media) of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), has confirmed the news.

The testing of the satellite has been completed, Chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission Dr. Shahjahan Mahmood said on May 5.

He said that all the data of the testing have been sent to SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles. SpaceX would inform the results after analyzing the data.

Earlier on Friday quoting Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy,  a top US chapter Awami League leader said that Bangladesh’s first satellite, Bangabandhu-1, which was scheduled to start its journey towards the orbit on May 7 next as per the latest timeframe, is not ready yet for the launch.

US AL President Dr Siddiqur Rahman said on Friday that US company SpaceX informed Joy that the Bangladeshi satellite could not be made ready for the launch.

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

With the latest one, the launching schedule of the country’s lone satellite has been deferred nine times.

The Bangabandhu Satellite with a capacity of 1,600 megahertz will have 40 transponders and the physical equipment of the space capsule that measures the capacity.

On October 21, 2015, the Cabinet Purchase Committee approved the project to buy the satellite system.

Later, BTRC signed a deal involving Tk 2,000 crore with Thales Alenia Space to construct the first-ever satellite project.

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

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