Bangabandhu satellite to be launched today

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PV Desk : Bangladesh is set to step into space on Friday as it will launch its first communication satellite ‘Bangabandhu-I’ into the orbit.

State Minister for Information Tanana Halim said the authorities concerned today informed the visiting Bangladesh’s delegation about the today’s launching of the satellite.

“The satellite is ready to be launched. If weather remains favourable the satellite will be launched into the orbit,” she said.

“We are ready to send Bangabandhu-I satellite to the orbit…Inshallah, we will launch the satellite on Friday,” Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Chairman Dr Shahjahan Mahmood told BSS over phone yesterday.

Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Senior Assistant Director M Zakir Hossain Khan earlier told BSS that Bangabandhu-I will be launched at 4pm local time (BST 2am Friday) from the Cape Canaveral launching pad in Florida by Falcon 9 rocket of American firm SpaceX.

A “fire test” of Falcon 9 rocket was successfully conducted, he said, adding “after analysing the data collected from the test, the final date has been fixed.”

Earlier, Bangabandhu-I was scheduled to be launched on May 4 from Florida, but it was deferred to May 7 for technical reason. Now the new date is fixed for May 10.