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When benefits from Bangabandhu Satellite will come?

Sahinur Rahman
|  10 May 2018, 00:00 | Update : 10 May 2018, 19:07
Photo: Thales Alenia Space
The waiting is going to come an end. Bangladesh is going to be listed in the owners table of satellites. ‘Bangabandhu-1’ the first satellite of the country is going to be launched into the orbit. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina is going to inaugurate the activities from Ganabhaban on Friday midnight through video conference.

There will be a representative team in Florida led by Prime Minister’s Information and Communication Technology Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wajed Joy.

According to Kennedy Space Center information, space investigation and technology company ‘Space X’ will launch the satellite Bangabandhu-1 at Florida local time from 4:12 pm to 6:22 pm on May 10. It will be 2:12 am to 4:22 am on Friday Bangladesh standard time.

Concerned to the project said, after launching the satellite experiment will go on for two months. Then the benefits will come.

Chairman of Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Shahjahan Mahmud told Rtv online that experiments will be conducted for two months after the launching. After being successful over the experiments the satellite will be made open for using.

The project of ‘Bangabandhu-1’ satellite started on July 1, 2014. It is scheduled to be concluded on June 30 next. But the project proposal came from Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARSO) in 1996 during Awami League regime. But due to failure of collecting fund and change of government later the responsibility came to BTRC.

There will be 40 transponders in the Bangabandhu-1 satellite. Of those Bangladesh will use 20 and the rest 20 will be rented to other countries.

30 television channels of the country have to pay 125 crore taka every year for satellite expense at present. Now Bangladesh will be able to save the money as well as can play role in 40 services including internet, V-SAT and radio. It will also play role to keep the terrestrial infrastructure uninterrupted during natural calamities.

Project Director Md. Mesbahuzzaman said, the satellite will reach into the orbit after 30 days of launching. The launching will conclude in two phases. The first phase is-Launch and Early Orbit Phase and the second is Satellite in Orbit. The first phase will take 10 days and the second will take 20 days.

Mentioning that the launching day will be a historical one for Bangladesh he said, after launching it needs one month in general. Bangladesh will enter into a new era of telecommunication and broadcasting through this.

Though Bangabandhu-1 satellite was bought from Thales Alenia Space of France but it will be controlled from Gazipur ground station. A team is trained and made ready for the Space Research Center. The satellite selling firm will be associated with the original supervising work for the first three years.

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