Dhaka – Bangladesh has been contemplating for yet another satellite to be launched in the space much ahead of the expiry of the existing one sent only in last month.
Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina came up with the information when she replied to questions from lawmakers in parliament during the Prime Minister’s Question Hour on Wednesday.
Bangladesh joined the global club of satellite owning countries after it sent its first ever satellite Bangabandhu-1 to the space on May 11, 2018.
“We are now taking preparation for launching of Bangabandhu-2 to make it operational before the expiry of the Bangabandhu-1,” Hasina said while responding to a question from Fazilatun Nesa Bappy, a ruling Awami League party lawmaker in the reserved seat for the women.
The government will continue research in space technology and make best efforts to cope with any new technology in future, the Prime Minister said stressing for importance on space technology.
Such research is very crucial for development of science and technology, disaster management and agricultural sector, she added.
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”, she said replying to another question from opposition Jatiyo Party lawmaker Fakhrul Imam.
Every part of the country, which is now out of internet services, would come under the satellite network, she said adding that the slot of the satellite had been hired from Sputnik of Russia.
She said all SAARC countries and Indonesia, Philippines, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan Kazakhstan would be able to use the satellite as its location covers the space of these countries.