Bangabandhu-2, the second satellite of Bangladesh has been going to be launched. Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited BCSCL has declared that it would be launched in January, 2023.
Earlier, the first satellite Bangabandhu-1 was launched in Bangladesh for the first time in 2018. The satellite is named after Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman, the father of the nation of Bangladesh. With the launch of Bangladesh’s first satellite known as Bangabandhu-1, Bangladesh was listed as the 57th country in the world.
Bangabandhu-2 the second satellite
Bangladesh, a developing country in South Asia, is going to send satellites into space for the second time. Bangabandhu-2, the second one would be a hybrid satellite.
All the artificial satellites sent by human from the earth’s surface to space are used for various purposes. Each of them is specific in there working field. In them Earth observation satellite is responsible to take images of earth surface.
The head of Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited, Shahjahan Mahamud said that it will be possible to launch the satellite during the tenure of the current government. He also said that a decision has already been taken about the satellite which will start work in April.
Bangladesh has received advice on the first Earth Observation Satellite from a French consultancy. After a final meeting with French Pricewaterhouse Coopers (PwC) Bangladesh announced the launch of such a satellite.
Advantage of the Bangabandhu-2
The head of BCSCL has already said that the third satellite of Bangladesh is going to be launched an orbit satellite. This satellite will not be too high from the surface. As it is known as lower orbit satellite.
The task of providing the satellite will be to take a picture of the surface and send it to Bangladesh. As a result, the agricultural land of Bangladesh can be monitored with the help of this satellite.
In other words, the company said that it is easy to know what kind of production is taking place in which land of Bangladesh. Besides, the flood situation can also be observed through the Bangabandhu-2.
However, another important aspect of this satellite is to monitor the maritime boundaries of Bangladesh, which is very important for the internal security of Bangladesh.
Economic benefits for Bangladesh
Bangladesh’s second satellite, Bangabandhu-2 will not only be important for the country’s agriculture and climate, but it will also bring more economic success.
The head of BCSCL said that Bangladesh can earn foreign money by selling the information obtained through this satellite. Because the covering area of this satellite includes several countries in the Middle East and Africa.
Since many countries do not have Earth Observation Satellite, Bangladesh will achieve economic success by selling the information obtained from this satellite to all those countries.
Launching cost of the satellite
Regarding the cost of launching the second satellite, Bangabandhu-2, BCSCL chief Shahjahan Mahamud said that Bangladesh has many infrastructural facilities after the launch of Bangabandhu 1 satellite. So the cost is comparatively lower than Bangabandhu-1.
In fact, after the launch of the first satellite, Bangladesh has geostationary infrastructure facilities which will reduce the cost of launching the second satellite much more.
On the other hand it would be lower Orbit satellite. So that this will save the cost of buying a slot for the satellite. But as the work is not started yet, it is quite tough to predict about future costing.
Bangladesh’s first satellite
Bangladesh’s first satellite Bangabandhu-1 launched from surface to space on 12 May 2018. It is located 36,000 kilometers away from the launch site.
Bangladesh’s first satellite Bangabandhu-1 is a geo-stationary satellite. That is used for communication.
The satellite is currently located in a slot at 119.1 degrees east longitude. The slot has purchased by Bangladesh for 45 years from the Moscow-based company Intersputnik International Organization of Space Communications.
The original design of the Bangabandhu 1 satellite was worked on by the US-based Space Partnership International. But Bangladesh has purchased the satellite Bangabandhu-1 with approximately 1 thousand 952 crore BDT from France.
After launching the satellite Bangladesh has taken ownership within six months. Now the country is planning to launch second satellite, Bangabandhu-2 and that is a great success for her.