First high-orbit communications satellite for Bangladesh was launched.
The satellite titled Bangabandhu-1 was launched into space on top of SpaceX’s Block 5 Falcon 9 rocket. It’s the last and most powerful version of the Falcon 9 that SpaceX planned to develop.
The total cost of the satellite was projected to be 248 million US dollars in 2015 (Tk 19.51 billion). Bangabandhu Satellite-1 carries a total of 40 Ku-band and C-band transponders with a capacity of 1600 megahertz and a predicted life span of 15 years. The satellite will expand Ku-band coverage over all of Bangladesh and its nearby waters including the Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, the Philippines, and Indonesia. This is coupled with C-band coverage for all aforementioned areas.
The satellite will eventually travel to a path 22,000 miles above Earth, where it will provide telecommunications coverage for Bangladesh and surrounding areas. It’s the first time the country will send a communications satellite to this high of an orbit.