Dhaka, 6 May, Abnews: Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC) Dr Shahjahan Mahmood on Sunday said the SpaceX authorities are yet to provide the test results of Bangladesh’s first satellite, Bangabandhu-1.
Earlier, it was expected to be in hand by Saturday evening, said the BTRC chairman.
Talking to UNB, he said, “We did not receive the results of the test yet as SpaceX was still analyzing the data. After they provide us the certificate of evaluation, we will seek date for launching.”
"The test result will be known as soon as the analysis is completed," he said.
The SpaceX authorities have informed the telecommunication regulator that the data analysis was underway, the BTRC chief told UNB over phone on Saturday.
Earlier in the day, the BTRC boss said that all the data of the testing have been sent to SpaceX headquarters in Los Angeles.
Mesbahuzzaman, project director of Bangabandhu-1, told UNB that the testing has been done at 9 am (Bangladesh time) on May 5 and at 7.25 pm (Florida time) of May 4. Now, they are waiting for results.
He also said that if everything remains okay in the testing result, the SpaceX will fix the date for the satellite launching.
Meanwhile, sources at SpaceX said the launching date will be fixed once all the preparations are completed after the test.
Bangladesh will be the 57th country when Bangabandhu-1 to be launched into the orbital slot on 119.1 degree east longitude which (slot) was bought from Russian satellite company 'Intersputnik' for US$ 28 million in January 2015.