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Second satellite to be launched by 2023

February 09, 2020 00:00:00

The government is going to take action plan to set a target for launching the second satellite of Bangladesh, said Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mostafa Jabbar, reports BSS.

"The government is going to set a target for launching a second satellite to the orbit by 2023," he told the House while responding to a starred question made by Anwar Hossen Khan of Lakshmipur-1 constituency.

To this end, he said the government has already began to give appointment process to an international consultant and start discussion with the stakeholders for determining the nature of the second satellite and what kind of services would be provided by this newly-innovated satellite.

On May 11, 2018, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first geostationary communications satellite of Bangladesh, was launched from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA. Thales Alenia Space, a French company, designed and built the satellite, which already underwent several test runs.

Falcon-9, a brand new rocket, carried the satellite into the orbit. For Bangladesh, this has potentials to bring a new chapter in terms of technological advancement. The satellite will bring uninterrupted telecommunication system in Bangladesh.

After launching the satellite, Bangladesh is now a member of an elite club comprising only 57 states that own at least a satellite.

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