Bangladesh blasts off with their first ever satellite launch into space

Falcon 9 Block 5 rolling onto launch pad as seen in Instagram post by Elon Musk

Falcon 9 Block 5 rolling onto launch pad as seen in Instagram post by Elon Musk

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Bangabandhu-1 is now on its way to orbit after its successful launching, making Bangladesh's debut in the global space society.

The launch also marked a milestone for the company SpaceX, who was contracted to carry out the launch itself. Each improved Falcon 9 "is capable of at least 100 flights", according to Musk, CNBC said.

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His daughter Sheikh Hasina is the incumbent Prime Minister of Bangladesh.

At 4:14 pm EDT (20:14 GMT), the first of the Falcon 9 Block 5 rockets lifted off from Launch Complex 39A (LC-39A) carrying the Bangabandhu Satellite-1 into a Geostationary Transfer Orbit (GTO).

"Bangladesh started a glorious chapter in history with the launching of Bangabandhu-1 satellite as it has becomes a proud member of the satellite club from today", the president said in a message.

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Manufactured by Thales Alenia Space of France, Bangladesh will operate satellite from 119.1 degree East using a payload comprising 26 Ku-Band and 14 C-Band transponders to deliver focused telecommunications coverage to Bangladesh.

"This is a historic occasion, which is a matter of great pride for the people of Bangladesh within the country and beyond", said Mohammad Ziauddin, Bangladesh's ambassador to the United States, in a statement on Thursday. It would mostly cover South Asian countries and Indonesia, the Philippines, Myanmar, Tajikistan, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkestan and a part of Kazakhstan.

Bangabandhu-1 will provide satellite television, internet access, and emergency communication services, as well as broadband to rural areas in Bangladesh, and will be operated by the newly-formed state-owned company the Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Ltd, after having been led by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Committee (the BTRC) up until this point.

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