Bangabandhu-I Satellite moving normally towards orbital slot

Bangladesh’s first geostationary communication satellite Bangabandhu-I (BS-I) is moving towards the designated orbital slot normally along with sending signal to the ground station located in Gazipur, reports BSS.

The BS-I, successfully launched from historic Launch Complex 39A at NASA’s Kennedy Space Centre in Florida early hours of Friday, will take 7-9 days to get it position, he added.

Taking to BSS, Tajul Islam, Operation Engineer at Gazipur Ground Station, said: “BS-I is moving towards the orbital slot with normal motion and started to send signal to us.”

Most modern rocket “Block 5” version of the Falcon 9 has lifted the BS-I for the orbit located at 119.1o East on Friday at 16:14 local time (2:14 BST).

“We’ve received primary signal at the ground station immediately one hour and ten minutes after the launching,” added Islam.

He said around two months will be required to get full control of BS-I from the ground stations located in Gazipur’s Joydebpur and Rangamati’s Betbunia.

A 32-member team has been trained up already to operate the BS-I.

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