BRAC Onnesha is now in space and taking 90 minutes to orbit the Earth. It will be passing over Bangladesh four times in every 24 hours.
The beacon data received from the satellite confirmed that it is alive.
BRAC Onnesha is one of the five satellites of the five BIRDS CubeSats, world's first international constellation of satellites that were successfully deployed on July 7, 2017, to space from the robotic arm of the JAXA’s Kibo experimental module of the International Space Station (ISS). The other countries include brain from Japan, Ghana, Mongolia, and Nigeria.
A 10 mm cubical satellite BRAC Onnesha was launched on June 4, 2017, by SpaceX, FALCON 9 Rocket by its CRS-11 mission to ISS from Kennedy Space Center in Florida of the USA. It was designed by three Bangladeshi Space-enthusiast- Maisun Ibn Monowar, Abdulla Hil Kafi and Raihana Shams Islam Antara for learning satellite technology, taking pictures, national anthem from space, study single event latch-up, positions determination without GPS,
Keeping the big event of July 8, 2017, BRAC Onnesha’s launching from the robotic arm of the JAXA’s Kibo experimental module of the ISS, BRAC University arranged a discussion at its auditorium. Science and Technology Minister Architect Yeafesh Osman was present as the chief guest in the discussion program. The discussion later included a video conference with the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency.
Prof Syed Saad Andaleeb, BRAC University Vice-chancellor, said the satellite will send data and pictures for research on various issues, including agriculture, chronic diseases, and urbanization. Sending emergency signal during any calamity, observing the space and researching the Global Positioning System (GPS) are also included in its list of functions.
Chairman of University Grants Commission Prof Abdul Mannan and Member of Bangladesh Space Research and Remote Sensing Organization (SPARRSO) Dr Hafizur Rahman were also there amongst the discussants.
It will not be an exaggeration if the journey of Brac Onnesha is compared with a fairy tale. The tale of the three students who were almost on the verge of getting over with their childhood dreams of working at NASA or Google, find their lighthouse in a seminar of 2013. The whole fairy tale or rather the Space-tale had been written in seven parts by Arifur Khan, Assistant Professor at University of Texas at El Paso, the mentor behind this revolutionary leap of faith. You can read about the avant-garde story of these realist dreamers from their official web page BRAC Onnesha.