This are exciting times for Bangladesh space research. The country is on course of achieving its presence in the space by launching its first ever communication satellite in the orbit on the Victory Day this year. Reportedly, more than two-thirds of the construction work of the satellite, named Bangabandhu-1, is complete. It shows that Bangladesh is heading in the right direction in terms of space research and exploration, and it is praiseworthy. Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina was handed over a replica of the Bangabandhu–1 satellite on Monday by Minister of State for Post and Telecommunications Tarana Halim.
Space station benefits life on earth. Today almost everyone is benefiting from this sort of advanced technology either in the form of watching television or communicating through phone or using internet. But hardly anyone is aware of the fact that Bangladesh is entirely dependent on foreign countries to deliver these crucial services. And every year around BDT 112 crore is being spent on buying satellite bandwidth from foreign companies. Against this backdrop, Bangabandhu satellite will save the country a huge amount of foreign currency, and at the same time it will give impetus to telecommunication services and television broadcasting. Moreover, it will also improve meteorological data collection, weather prediction capacity, and mapping of natural resources.
So, we think launching of the Bangabandhu satellite will not only be a major milestone in scientific research of the country, but will also be a big step forward towards achieving self-dependency. So, we pin much hope on the project. No doubt, it will also provide much needed boost to the country’s digital advancement, economic growth and job creation. Furthermore, with some universities building and launching nano satellites, the availability of a country’s own satellite platform will surely accelerate space research in Bangladesh.
But before we can reap all those benefits we will have to ensure that the project goes without a hitch. The satellite’s structure is being built by a French firm named Thales Alenia Space. According to plan, the frame will be taken to the US by November to be launched by Space Exploration Technologies Corporation (SpaceX) to the orbit on December 16. We keep our fingers crossed for a precise launch.