The Bangabandhu-1 (BD-1) is the first Bangladeshi geostationary communications satellite. It was launched on May 11, 2018.
Here are the Top 10 important facts about this satellite :
- It is named after the father of the Bangladeshi nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
- The launch made Bangladesh the 57th nation in the world and 4th in South Asia after India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka to own a satellite.
- It will help expand Internet and telecommunication services in remote and rugged areas of Bangladesh .
- The satellite is expected to be located at the 119.1° East longitude geostationary slot.
- It is designed and manufactured by Thales Alenia Space.
- Its launch provider is SpaceX which launched it using Newest Block-5 model of the proven Falcon 9 Rocket .It was the first payload launched by the Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket.
- The total cost of the satellite was projected to be 248 million US dollars in 2015 and its partially financed via a $188.7 million loan from HSBC Holdings plc.
- Bangabandhu Satellite-1 carries a total of 40 Ku-band and C-band transponders with a capacity of 1600 megahertz and a predicted life span to exceed 15 years.
- The satellite made Bangladesh 2nd nation after India in South Asia which has the ability to offer Ku-band coverage to its nearby countries without communication satellites like Nepal, Bhutan etc . Pakistan does not have this capability yet .
- The project is being implemented by Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) and its ground station is in Jaidipur , Dhaka in Bangladesh.Once the satellite becomes active at its orbital slot, it will be reportedly controlled from three stations in the United States, Italy and South Korea for about a month. Finally, the satellite will be controlled and maintained from ground stations in Bangladesh.
Article by : Goutam Roy ( Guest writer)
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