Bangladesh receives test signal from Bangabandhu-1 satellite

The ground station for Bangabandhu-1 in Gazipur says it has received test signals from Bangladesh’s first satellite

Gazipur CorrespondentAbul Hossain,
Published : 12 May 2018, 05:02 PM
Updated : 12 May 2018, 05:07 PM

Satellite operations engineer Tajul Islam told on Saturday that they received the signal an hour and 10 minutes after SpaceX launched a rocket carrying the satellite into orbit from the US early on Friday.

It would take seven to nine more days for the satellite to reach its designated place, Tajul said.

“There is no problem until now. Everything is going on smoothly,” he added.

An upgraded version of SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket blasted off at 2:14am on Friday on a mission to take the satellite into its orbit and the Bangabandhu-1 reached the geostationary transfer orbit around 33 minutes after the launch.

Three ground stations in the US, Italy and South Korea were supposed to take control of the satellite initially.

A 32-strong workforce is ready at the Gazipur ground station to take control of the satellite after around two more months.

Bangladesh has also built a backup ground station in Rangamati to operate the satellite.

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