Bangabandhu Satellite-1 Mission

Heralded as the most advanced iteration of the rocket yet, this ought to be SpaceX's final version - most impressively, the Block 5 should allow SpaceX to complete more than two flights with the same Falcon 9 booster, which could help cut down on costs, as well as the time required between launches.

Space X tweeted: "Successful deployment of Bangabandhu Satellite-1 to geostationary transfer orbit confirmed". Being able to launch, land and launch again with minimal refurbishment between flights has been a central focus for SpaceX.

The achievement was hailed by Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina in a livestream appearance from her country's capital, Dhaka. "Second stage and satellite now in coast phase". The LEOP phase will take 10 days while the second will take 20 days. C- band covers Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Bhutan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and portions of Kazakhstan.

The two ground stations that can simultaneously be used for navigation have been built at Ghazipur and Betbunia.

In November 2015, Bangladesh signed a 19.51-billion-taka (about 248 million U.S.dollars) deal with French firm Thales Alenia Space for the satellite project.

An updated version of the SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket for the company's ninth launch so far this year, has been tailored for eventual crewed missions for NASA. One transponder is equivalent to 36 MHz. Later, on March 29, the satellite was shifted to Florida.

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Renting out broadcasting capacity will be one of the main goal of the satellite as Bangladesh now meets its demand for satellite connectivity renting from foreign operators spending about $14 million a year.

Bangabandhu-I will offer video services for Direct-to-Home (DTH), e-learning, Tele-medicine, Family Planning, Farming etc while voice service to cellular backhaul and disaster recovery, etc and data service for internet, SCADA, SOHO as well as business-to-business (VSAT) etc, said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Sunday.

Bangabandhu-1 is our first own satellite, which is now on its way to orbit.

"The satellite will also provide broadband connectivity to rural areas throughout the country", said a SpaceX statement, noting that the mission is expected to last at least 15 years. The ground segment relies on both primary and the secondary ground facilities including a building that houses the satellite operation and control center and network operations center.

According to the Dhaka Tribune, Bangladesh's annual expenditure for satellite connectivity is now 14 million United States dollars spent on renting bandwidth from foreign operators.

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