Thales Alenia Space has revealed that its Bangabandhu Satellite-1 has passed a major milestone by passing the Critical Design Review at the end of 2016.
Completion of Critical Design Review means that the company can now commence the production phase of the satellite. Bangabandhu is a turnkey satellite telecommunications system, comprising a satellite and the complete ground segment (control, mission and user segments).
The production phase will commence with the integration of the communications module in Thales Alenia Space plant in Toulouse and the service module in Cannes, with the mating set for March 2017. At the same time, the ground team is kicking off factory acceptance tests and starting local work on the installation of ground antennas.
Thales Alenia Space is also in charge of building two facilities in Bangladesh for all ground support equipment needed to control the satellite and operate the telecom system. Thales Alenia Space Belgium, Thales Alenia Space Italy and Thales Alenia Space Spain are all involved in this project, as suppliers of various ground and satellite components.
The launch service is also covered by the contract, and will be provided by a SpaceX Falcon 9 launch vehicle.