First Satel­lite

Southasia - - BRIEFS -

Bhutan is go­ing to launch its first geo­sta­tion­ary satel­lite in 2018. Spend­ing about 21 thou­sand dol­lars ev­ery year for satel­lite ser­vices, the Bhutanese In­for­ma­tion and Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Min­istry is cur­rently op­er­at­ing a transpon­der on a SAARC satel­lite, which will be launched by the end of this year. The launch of the satel­lite in 2018 will help the coun­try up­grade its telecom­mu­ni­ca­tion and in­ter­net in­fra­struc­ture, as well as the nat­u­ral dis­as­ter mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem. To ful­fil its space am­bi­tions, many young Bhutanese stu­dents have been al­ready sent to the United States to pur­sue their ed­u­ca­tion in space en­gi­neer­ing.

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