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SpaceX launches Bangladesh's first communications satellite


After the successful launch of the 3.7-tonne satellite, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday said another milestone has been reached, reports UNB. "I would like to greet and congratulate the people of the country on this glorious occasion".

"Standing down today (Friday) due to a standard ground system auto abort", SpaceX tweeted, clarifying cause of postponement.

The satellite, named Bangabandhu Satellite-1, lifted off at 1614 EDT (2014 UTC) from the Kennedy Space Center in Florida, USA.

Prime Minister's ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy in a Facebook status also said that the final minutes of the launch are fully controlled by computers. It's the first time the country will send a communications satellite to this high of an orbit.

Aerial view of Falcon 9 with Dragon qualification spacecraft on the launch pad at Space Launch Complex 40 (SLC-40) at the Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in February 2010. The bird detached from the second rocket stage, and is now maneuvering into geostationary orbit around Earth, where it will handle internet communications and television broadcasting for Bangladesh's main telco. The 9 Merlin engines in the rocket's initial stage as well as the solitary "vacuum cleaner Merlin" in the 2nd phase brag concerning 8 percent and also 5 percent extra propelled, specifically, compared to their equivalents in the Falcon 9 Block 4.




"There are thousands and thousands and thousands of requirements", Musk said.

"The Bangabandhu satellite will help to make Bangladesh an advanced country", Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, which will manage the satellite, told the Dhaka Tribune. C-band covers Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and portions of Kazakhstan.

The California-based aerospace company SpaceX on May 11, 2018 launched its most powerful rocket yet "Falcon 9", which is expected to carry humans to space later this year.

Two ground stations for controlling the satellite have already been built at Joydebpur of Gazipur and Rangamati's Betbunia.

"The satellite will be a great addition to our Information Technology heralding our entry into the Satellite Club of the world", she said, adding, "The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will certainly bring revolutionary changes in our broadcast and telecommunications sector".

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