Bangladesh's first communications satellite launched

Wednesday 16th May 2018 06:14 EDT

Washington: SpaceX successfully launched Bangladesh's first communication satellite, the Bangabandhu Satellite-1, on Friday from the Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Center in Florida. The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 mission is the first to use Falcon 9 Block 5 which delivered the satellite to a geostationary transfer orbit. Approximately 33 minutes after lift-off, the spacecraft was deployed.

Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite. Development of the satellite program, known as the “Bangabandhu Satellite Launching Project,” was managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) with technical support from Space Partnership International (SPI). The satellite, which is comprised of 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders, was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform and will be operated by the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL).

Located at 119.1 degrees east, the satellite has a primary service area encompassing Bangladesh to provide Direct-to-Home (DTH) services, video distribution and Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) communications. Its Ku-band coverage includes India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Indonesia while it will also provide C-band capacity for the entire region.

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