The satellite launch, done on behalf the Bangladesh government, will allow internet access to all corners of the country.
"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.
His daughter Sheikh Hasina is the incumbent Prime Minister of Bangladesh.
SpaceX's updated version of Falcon 9 rocket "Block 5" lifted off in Florida on Friday, boosting Bangladesh's first communications satellite into orbit. SpaceX prepares to at some point eliminate the lorry- together with Dragon as well as the just-debuted Falcon Heavy rocket- for the significant rocket-spaceship combination called the BFR, which is presently in growth. SpaceX is no stranger to launching satellites, having previously helped the Turkmenistan's TurkmenAlem satellite into space in April 2015, and Bulgaria's Bulgariasat-1 last June.
The landing, which occurred less than 9 minutes after liftoff, elicited raucous cheers from SpaceX employees at the company's headquarters in Hawthorne, California. "Second stage and satellite now in coast phase". He also said that he hopes to demonstrate the same rocket to be re-launched in a span of 24 hours.
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The Block 5 is also more powerful than its predecessors, Musk said.
" When Bangabandhu Satellite-1 is functional, Bangladesh will certainly be self-governing in regards to telecoms and also transmitting solutions, having the ability to supply interactions solutions to lots of global nations, such as Nepal, Myanmar or Bhutan under its insurance coverage location", the reps included. Managed by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), it uses 26 Ku-band and 14 C-band transponders and was manufactured by Thales Alenia Space on the Spacebus 4000B2 platform.
Thales Alenia completed the manufacturing works of the satellite few months ago and kept it in a warehouse in Cannes of France.
The satellite will be controlled from Joydebpur in Gazipur, near the capital, and another ground station in Rangamati Betbunia, in south-eastern Bangladesh, will be used as an alternative. On the other hand, the country can earn foreign currency by renting the Bangabandhu-1 transponders to other countries.