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Bangabandhu-1 leaves space centre for testing on Thursday

  • Published at 10:16 pm March 28th, 2018
  • Last updated at 10:56 pm March 28th, 2018
Bangabandhu-1 leaves space centre for testing on Thursday
Bangabandhu-1, the first geostationary communications satellite of Bangladesh, is scheduled to leave its manufacturing station in France on Thursday for its launch from the Cape Canaveral Launch Facility in Florida, USA. The satellite will leave Thales Alenia Space's manufacturing plant in Cannes on March 29, said the manufacturer of the satellite in a tweet. "The satellite will take off from Nice Airport onboard an Antonov Airlines flight on March 29, somewhere between 6 to 8 am local time. After a layover in Boston, it will arrive at Cape Canaveral on March 30," it said. Bangabandhu-1 project Director Md Mesbahuzzaman said: "Within three to four days, the authorities there will let us know when the satellite will be launched." AmericaSpace, a daily US space news provider, said in a recent report: "The SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket will launch the Bangabandhu 1 communications satellite for the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).” The Bangabandhu-1 satellite will have 40 transponders and a capacity of 1,600 megahertz. Half of the capacity will be reserved for Bangladesh while the rest is rented out, said sources at the satellite project. On October 21, 2015, the Cabinet Committee on Public Purchase approved the project to buy the satellite system. Later, BTRC signed a deal worth Tk 2,000 crore with Thales Alenia Space for the construction of the satellite. On September 9, 2016, an agreement of 157 million Euro (equivalent to Tk1,400 crore) was signed with Hong Kong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) for the financing of the project. Bangladesh is currently meeting its satellite connectivity demands by renting bandwidth from foreign operators at a cost of $14 million a year.