2018-06-06 10:52:05 BdST

Process for Bangabandhu-2 begins: PM


The government has started the process for preparing the country's second communication satellite Bangabandhu-2 so that it can replace the current satellite when it will become obsolete, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina said today.

The process for preparing a satellite is long, five to six years re needed to do it and after it the government will go for Bangabandhu-3, Shiekh Hasina said during the prime minister's question-answer session at the Jatiya Sangsad.

The lifespan of the satellite will be 15 years, which will allow the country to earn $1 billion by leasing out the transponders and another $1.5 billion by selling other services.

There is no doubt about the capability of the satellite, the premier said adding that the government has established the honour of the country from bottom of the ocean to the space.

The Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) in 2013 negotiated with the Russian-Intersputnik and rented the 119.1 east orbital slot for Tk 221 crore for the next 15 years. Bangladesh will be able to send three more satellites to the same slot.

The Bangabandhu-1 was successfully launched from the historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA's Kennedy Space Center in Florida of United States 16:14 local time (02:14 BST) on May 11. Most modern rocket "Block 5" version of the Falcon 9 of SpaceX has lifted the BS-I for the orbit located at 119.1 degree east.

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