Bangabandhu satellite to be launched May 7
Published: 01:31 PM, 25 April 2018
The first-ever communications satellite of Bangladesh ‘Bangabandhu Satellite-1’ would be launched into the orbit from Florida on May 4.
Mustafa Jabbar, minister of the Post, Telecommunication and Information Technology Ministry, provided the information at a meeting in Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in the capital on Wednesday.
Earlier, the possible launch of the satellite was set on May 4, but now it has been deferred to May 7.
The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will be launched from Cape Canaveral in the Florida State of USA after pressing the switch by Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in Dhaka. It will shortly be orbited by a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.
Bangladesh will emerge as the 57th member of satellite Owners Club through the launch. Countries, which have their own satellites in the world, are qualified to become members of the club.
The sophisticated and highly technical government project at a cost of Tk 2,967 crore. The satellite`s structure is being built by a French firm - Thales Alenia Space.
Bangladesh spends around US$ 14 million annually on satellite rents for running television channels, telephones and radio connectivity.
Once launched, the satellite would save around Taka 110 to Taka 120 crore annually in foreign currency as broadcasting expenditure.
Bangabandhu-1 is expected to provide services to all South Asian countries as well as Indonesia, the Philippines, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan, if its frequency is properly coordinated, according to project documents.
The lifespan of the satellite will be 15 years, which will allow the country to earn $1 billion by leasing out the transponders and another $1.5 billion by selling other services.
In November 2015, the BTRC signed a $248-million deal with Thales Alenia Space to manufacture and launch the country`s first satellite.
The two ground stations that will control the satellite will be built at Gazipur`s Joydebpur and Rangamati`s Betbunia on the land owned by Bangladesh Telecommunications Company Ltd.