Launch of Bangabandhu-1 celebrated
The night sky of Dhaka city lit up by a colourful display of fireworks on Tuesday night as the country celebrated the launch of its first commercial satellite Bangabandhu-1.
The government organised the fireworks and laser light display in the capital’s Suhrwardy Udyan and Hatirjheel to celebrate the historic event.
The lake, meticulously designed with bridges, overpasses, walkways and lake flows in the heart of the city took a different look during the dazzling fireworks.
A dancing fountain and light show was also arranged for the spectators. Similar fireworks programs were also held in all districts across the country.
Minister of Post, Telecommunication and ICT Mustafa Jabbar was present at the firework ceremony at Hatirjeel.
“The Bangabandhu-1 Satellite is our pride. We celebrate the occasion as one of the biggest achievements of the government,” he told newsmen.
Bangladesh stepped into outer space on Saturday after a SpaceX rocket launched Bangabandhu-1 geostationary communications satellite from a launch pad in Cape Carnival in Florida on May 11.
The Falcon 9 Block 5 rocket took a liftoff at 4:14 pm EDT (20:12 GMT), the opening of a 127-minute launch window on May 11, 2018, at Kennedy space Center’s Launch Complex 39A.
Bangabandhu-1 is Bangladesh’s first geostationary communications satellite. It was built by France-based Thales Alenia Space on behalf of the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission.
The 7,700-pound (3,700-kilogram) satellite was built on Thales Alenia Space’s Spacebus 4000B2 spacecraft platform and sports some 14 standard C-band transponders and 26 Ku-band transponders.
It has two deployable solar panels that generate about six kilowatts of power and is designed to be operational in geostationary orbit for some 15 years to provide direct-to-home services, video distribution and very small aperture terminal communications across Bangladesh, according to SpaceX’s mission press kit.