India seeks to change S Asia Satellite orbit | 2017-11-18 |

India seeks to change S Asia Satellite orbit

The change might interfere with Bangabandhu Satellite, Dhaka fears

Shamim Jahangir     18th November, 2017 01:10:06 printer

India has proposed to change the orbital slot to 97.3 degree east longitude for the South Asia Satellite through reviewing the existing deal between Dhaka and Delhi.

Experts fear that the proposed change in the orbital frequency might interfere with the country’s maiden Bangabandhu Satellite at 119.1 degree E.

On March 23 this year, Bangladesh and India signed a deal concerning the orbit frequency coordination at 48° E for the South Asia Satellite. India later launched the satellite on the 5 May. 


At a joint consultative Commission meeting between Dhaka and Delhi on October 22-23, 2017, Indian Foreign Minister Sushma Swaraj assured her Bangladesh counterpart that the proposed Orbit change from 48° E to 97.3° E will not create any problem for Bangabandhu Satellite launching, arguing that Bangabandhu satellite will be launched at 133° E.

But in reality, the Bangabandhu Satellite will be launched at 119.1° E.

The foreign ministry has already issued a demo-official (DO) letter to Posts and Telecommunications Division seeking its opinion on the orbit rearrange proposal.

Officials concerned said experts from three state agencies under the Posts and Telecommunications Division have suggested the ministry not to entertain the Indian proposal as the proposed change in the orbit of South Asia Satellite will interfere with the Bangabandhu Satellite.

They suggested launching the Bangabandhu Satellite first and then carry out a joint feasibility study on the orbit reshuffle for S Asia Satellite.

Bangladesh plans to launch Bangabandhu Satellite in March 2018 after reviewing several schedules.

Reliable sources said top officials of Posts and Telecommunications ministry might meet the premier to discuss the developments on the orbit frequency of Bangabandhu Satellite and South Asia Satellite.