Bangladesh Dhaka corrspondent : Country’s dream satellite, Bangabandhu-I, was launched in the early hours of Saturday.
With the launching of first geostationary communications satellite, Bangladesh has entered the elite space club of 58 nations.
The satellite was launched using the latest version of SpaceX’s upgraded Falcon 9 rocket, the Block 5, from the historic Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Florida at 4.14pm (local time) on Friday (2:14am, Saturday, May 12 in Bangladesh).
Around 36 minutes into the flight, Bangabandhu-1 was separated from its carrier and is now in geostationary orbit.
Prime Minister’s ICT Affairs Adviser Sajeeb Wazed Joy, State Minister for Information Tarana Halim, State Minister for ICT Zunaid Ahmed Palak, Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood, Chairman of Parliamentary Standing Committee on ICT Affairs Imran Ahmed and high officials concerned were present at the launching ceremony.
Bangladesh Television broadcast the launching of Bangabandhu-1 live, as did other local channels.
The satellite has finally made its journey towards the orbit after its launching schedule was deferred 9 times previously.