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Bangabandhu-2 to be launched before expiry of Bangabandhu-1: PM

Sejuti Mourin: Bangladesh will launch its second satellite into space much ahead of the expiration of the Bangabandhu-1, reports Dhaka Tribune.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina yesterday stated, “We are taking preparations from now to launch ‘Bangabandhu-2’ so that our second satellite become operation before 15-year expiry time of the ‘Bangabandhu-1’, first geostationary satellite of Bangladesh launched to the orbit on May 11, 2018.”
Hasina made the statement in reply to a question from female member in reserve seat Fazilatun Nesa Bappi during the Premier’s question-answer session in the parliament. “The government would certainly continue research in space technology and make best efforts to cope with any new technology in future.” The Prime Minister emphasized the importance of space technology, adding that such research is very crucial for the development of science and technology, disaster management and agriculture. Replying to a question from Jatiya Party member Fakhrul Imam, Hasina said the location of the satellite at the 119.1° East longitude geostationary slot would not hamper getting clear footage. ‘None should be worried about it’, said the Prime Minister, adding that every part of the country currently deprived of internet services would now come under the satellite network. Assuring that Bangabandhu-1 has already settled in its orbit and started broadcasting, Hasina said it will take some time to receive clear footage through the satellite.

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