"The historic event took place at 2:14am Bangladesh time today when the country's first geostationary communication satellite started its voyage towards orbit from the Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, the U.S.", reported The Daily Star. It marks the first flight of the Block 5 batch of Falcon 9 rockets, which incorporate a number of upgrades to improve performance, increase the service life of the booster and reduce turnaround time between recovery and relaunch.
(Eastern Standard Time) on top of a SpaceX rocket at Kennedy Space Center in Cape Canaveral, Fla., atop a reusable Falcon 9 Force 5 rocket.
In a televised message on Saturday, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said: "The Bangabandhu Satellite-1 will be a great addition to our information technology, heralding our entry into the satellite club of the world".
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In September 2016, Bangladesh signed a 14-billion-taka (about 180 million USA dollars) loan agreement with the Hongkong and Shanghai Banking Corporation (HSBC) to finance the country's first-ever satellite "Bangabandhu-I".
The liftoff of the Falcon 9 was under partly cloudy skies and went without incident after leaving the pad. Main engine shutdown was at two minutes and 31 seconds with first stage separation two seconds later. The first is the Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP), and the second phase is Satellite in Orbit.
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Dr Mahmood said after completing and traveling several processes, few more days will be required to tame the satellite at its Gazipur's Joydebpur and Rangamati's Betbunia ground stations. When it reaches its final orbital position at 119.1° East, it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh, the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia.
But the primary goal of the mission is to get Bangabandhu-1 into orbit.
" With this historic very first satellite, Bangladesh citizens will certainly have accessibility to a large range of program as well as interactions solutions, consisting of phone company, backhaul, radio, direct-to-home TELEVISION and also net", Thales Alenia Area agents wrote in a summary of the satellite.
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"The Bangabandhu satellite will help to make Bangladesh an advanced country", Shahjahan Mahmood, chairman of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission, which will manage the satellite, told the Dhaka Tribune.