Remember the Apollo-11 lunar mission, that marked the first footprint of human on the Moon? It was launched from the Launch Pad 39A of Kennedy Space Centre, Florida. From the same place, its historic100th launch, however, bears a tag of pride for Bangladesh.
On June 4, 2017, Sunday, around 3:07am (Bangladeshi Time) Bangladesh entered the space for the first time. The mission was named CRS-11 that launched Brac Onnesha, the first Nano-satellite of the country. The launching took place by SpaceX, FALCON 9 Rocket by its CRS-11 mission to ISS (International Space Station).
Brac Onnesha is a 10 c.m. cubical box full of jubilation and aspiration that tells the tale of the miracle trio who made our hearts burst with pride! Maisun Ibn Monowar, Abdulla Hil Kafi and Raihana Shams Islam Antara - spent on an average around 16 hours every day in the lab at Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan, as mentioned by Brac University Vice Chancellor Syed Saad Andaleeb.
These three space enthusiasts had completed their undergrad from the Electrical and Electronic Department of Brac University. Following their academic accomplishment, they made up their minds to do higher studies in space technology where they developed and assembled their findings and worked on the project. It took them a 14-month timeframe to complete all tasks before the final launching.
Initially, the launching was supposed to take place on June 2, 2017, but owing to bad weather, it was postponed. Then on June 4, 2017 the history was marked.
Sir Fazle Hasan Abed, Founder and Chairperson, Brac, inaugurated the ground station for Brac Onnesha on May 25, 2017 at the Mohakhali Campus of Brac University.
By the time the article is being read, Brac Onnesha is expected to have already been docked at the ISS by the spacecraft Dragon, from where the Brac Onnesha is expected to be deployed into earth's orbit by ISS astronauts to begin its operation in a few weeks.
The tentative time is expected to be by the end of June, however, no such confirmation has been made.