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TOP 10 Facts about Bangladesh’s First Satellite : Bangabandhu-1

dc-Cover-qmme0pkrki10sqa71ii1nkuvm5-20170318110108.MediThe 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 :

  1. It is named after the father of the Bangladeshi nation, Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
  2. 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.
  3. It will help expand Internet and telecommunication services in remote and rugged areas of Bangladesh .
  4.  The satellite is expected to be located at the 119.1° East longitude geostationary slot.
  5. It is designed and manufactured by Thales Alenia Space.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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 .
  10. 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)
* Image for representation purpose Only .
Note : This article  cannot be republished Partially or Full without consent from the writer or thedefenstar.com

 

 

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