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Terry Joseph
May 14, 2018

Bangabandhu-1 is now on its way to orbit after its successful launching, making Bangladesh's debut in the global space society.

After an upgraded variation of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket took off from Florida's Cape Canaveral bring Bangladesh's initial interactions satellite right into orbit, its Creator and also Chief Executive Officer Elon Musk on Sunday claimed his business is established for over 300 mission in 5 years.

The private space company enthusiastically shared on social media photos of all the important moments of the "Block 5" Falcon 9 launch, including an image of the Bangabandhu-1 satellite in the geostationary transfer orbit.

In a televised message on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: "The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be a great addition to our information technology, heralding our entry into the satellite club of the world".

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 has a primary service area encompassing Bangladesh and the surrounding region.

He, along with hundreds of Bangladeshis including Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, watched the first 36 minutes of the launch. When it reaches its final orbital position at 119.1° East, it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh, the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia. The emblem of Bangladesh's government decorated the exterior of the capsule holding the satellite.

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Two ground stations for controlling the satellite have already been built at Joydebpur and Betbunia.

SpaceX is targeting launch of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 on Thursday, May 10 from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) at NASA's Kennedy Space Center, Florida.

Managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it uses 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders and was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform. The satellite has a 15-year mission lifespan, while another three years for its design.

On Twitter, Bangladeshi citizens expressed their support for the mission, despite the early hour of the launch.

In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14-billion-taka (about 180 million USA dollars) loan agreement with the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country's first-ever satellite "Bangabandhu-I".

It will also save foreign currency expenditure while the local TV channels' huge viewership, particularly in the Middle Eastern countries, are expected to be its main commercial user. It marked a key milestone for the country and was celebrated throughout Bangladesh.

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