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Bangabandhu-1 reaches orbital slot

Bangabandhu-1 reaches orbital slot

Bangabandhu-1 Satellite being launched with Falcon 9 rocket by SpaceX on May 12. File photo

Dhaka, May 22 : Bangabandhu-1, the first commercial satellite of the country, reached its orbital slot on 119.1 degree on Tuesday.

“Bangabandhu-1 satellite has successfully reached its orbital slot on 119.1 degree on Tuesday morning. But it’ll take more time to be set there,” Bangabandhu-1 Satellite Project Director Mezbahuzzaman told UNB.

About its further course, he said, “Many technical activities are yet to be done. The satellite will take 2-3 more months to fully begin its operation.”

The satellite reached its destination in 11 days after its launch.

Bangladesh entered the elite Space Club of 57 nations with the launch of its first geostationary communications satellite, Bangabandhu-1, into the orbit by US space transport company SpaceX on May 11 (US time).

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.

It was bought from Russian satellite company ‘Intersputnik’ for US$ 28 million in January 2015.

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