Kennedy Space Centre has invited visitors to witness the launching of Bangabandhu-1, Bangladesh’s first commercial satellite, at its visitor complex at Cape Canaveral on Wednesday.
SpaceX will target Thursday, May 10 from 4:12 to 6:22pm (local time Florida, US) for the launch of Bangabandhu-1, Kennedy Space Centre has said in a statement.
However, no additional charges will be required to observe the launching, Kennedy Space Centre said adding: “Only an entry ticket will be enough to observe the historic event.”
A Falcon 9 rocket will deliver Bangabandhu-1 to a geostationary transfer orbit. This is the first time SpaceX is launching the Block 5 version of the Falcon 9 rocket.
Launch viewing opportunities for Bangabandhu-1 are available at Apollo/Saturn V Center, approximately 3.9 miles/6.27 kilometers from launch pad, and main visitor complex, approximately 7.5 miles/ 12 kilometers from launch pad, both included with daily admission.
Meanwhile, state-owned Bangladesh Television (BTV) has taken initiative to broadcast the launching of Bangabandhu-1early Friday.
“Bangladesh Television will telecast the launching of the country’s first and lone satellite Bangabandhu-1 using Live Streaming technology through an IPTV from Florida,” S.M. Haroon-or-Rashid, Director General of BTV said on Wednesday.
In association and technical assistance from the Ministry of Posts, Telecommunications and Information Technology and Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC), the programme will be covered, the DG told this correspondent.
This historic even can also be watched live on different YouTube channels as well as Facebook.
The satellite will be launched on Bangladesh time early May 11, in-between 2:12 to 4:22 am.
The Bangabandhu Satellite with a capacity of 1,600 megahertz will have 40 transponders and the physical equipment of the space capsule that measures the capacity.