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Govt to take action plan for launching country’s 2nd satellite by 2023: Mostafa Jabbar

Mostafa Jabbar/Photo: Arif Mahmud Riad

Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology Minister Mostafa Jabbar recently said the government is going to undertake action plan to set a target for launching second satellite of the country.

“The government is going to set a target for launching a second satellite to the orbit by 2023, “ said the minister while responding to a starred question made by Anwar Hossen Khan of Lakshmipur-1 in the House here.

To this end, he said the government has already began to give appoint process to the international consultant and start discussion with the stakeholders for determining the nature of the second satellite and what kind of services would be provided by this newly innovated satellite.

On May 11, 2018, Bangabandhu Satellite-1, the first geostationary communications satellite of Bangladesh, was launched from Kennedy Space Centre in Florida, USA. Thales Alenia Space, a French company, designed and built the satellite, which already underwent several test runs.

Falcon-9, a brand new rocket, will carry the satellite into the orbit. For Bangladesh, this has potentials to bring a new chapter in terms of technological advancement. The satellite will bring uninterrupted telecommunication system in Bangladesh.

After launching the satellite, Bangladesh is now a member of an elite club comprising of only 57 states that own at least a satellite.

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