Young Space Activities Overview in Bangladesh
In Bangladesh, most of the Astronomy and Space Science related activities are youth-oriented.
Bangladesh to enter space age:
In contrast to fulfilling the vision of Digital Bangladesh, the country had planned to launch its own satellite “Banghabandhu-1”, from Cape Canaveral in March 2018 on SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket. And now it is in orbit. “Banghabandhu-1” is built by Thales Alenia space on the upgraded space bus 4000B2 and will be stationed at an orbital slot at east longitude 119.1 degree. The satellite “Banghabandhu-1” is built with 26 Ku-Band and 14 C-Band transponders. The satellite will have coverage Ku- Band coverage encompasses Bangladesh and the surrounding region, Bay of Bengal, India, Nepal, Bhutan, Sri Lanka, Philippines and Indonesia. It also has the capability of C-Band over the whole region.
The two Satellite ground stations have been set up at Joydebpur in Gazipur and Betbunia in Rangamati. Two ground facility buildings gathering Satellite Control and Network Operations Center based on the SpaceGate Thales Alenia Space global solution.
Bangladesh first Nano-satellite ‘BRAC Onnesha’ is in space:
The country’s first nano-satellite BRAC Onnesha was designed and built in conjunction with Kyushu Institute of Technology’s Birds-1 program, and was launched into space on the 3rd June from Kennedy Space Center. BRAC Onnesha came into operation on 7th July 2017. The 1U BRAC Onnesha cubesat lifetime is planned for 18 months. The nano- satellite is expected to pick up 10 minutes of Data when it is passing over Bangladesh, also using connection to other stations it is expected to get 70 minute’s worth of feedback data. The nano-satellite is capable of high quality photographs of land to analyze vegetation, urbanization, flood, water resources, forestry and other natural resources.
* For example:
● A Space Generation Workshop or an SG[Country] or other SGAC event was organised in your country
● You organised an informal gathering in your country for SGAC members
● You recruited a new NPoC for your country
● You signed an MoU with a new local partner in your country