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Bangladesh launches its first satellite

IANS  |  Dhaka 

launched its first satellite, "Bangabandhu-1", on Saturday, becoming the 57th nation in the world and fourth in after India, and to own a satellite.

A Falcon 9 rocket lifted the communication satellite, named after the founder, early in the morning from in Florida, reported.

It was successfully deployed at Bangladesh's specified orbit slot "within 36 minutes" of the launch and two ground stations in received test signals from it, said for Information and Communication Technology Division Zunaid at the in the US.

The launch was telecast live in Bangladesh, with experts saying it will serve as a milestone in the telecommunication sector.

"The satellite will be a great addition to our heralding our entry into the of the world," said Bangladeshi Sheikh in a message.

"The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will certainly bring revolutionary changes in our broadcast and With this launching, we've hoisted the Bangladesh flag in the space... entered a new era."

She thanked the and launching company, the US and the French governments for their support. also praised for renting its orbital slot to Bangladesh.

Experts said that the country's first will give extra pace to the digitisation process. It will help expand Internet and in remote and rugged areas which still remained beyond the coverage.

Once the satellite becomes active at its orbital slot, it will be reportedly controlled from three stations in the US, and for about a month. Finally, the satellite will be controlled and maintained from ground stations in Bangladesh.

In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14 billion taka ($180 million) loan agreement with Hong Kong and (HSBC) to finance the country's first-ever satellite.

In November 2015, Bangladesh signed a 19.51 billion taka ($248 million) deal with French firm for the

The also purchased a 119.1 east longitude orbital slot from Russia-based Intersputnik for 15 years for $28 million.



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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 19:48 IST