Bangabandhu-1 satellite all set for 5th May launch date

Bangladesh is all set to reap the benefits of putting its own satellite into space with the Bangabandhu-1, a geostationary communications satellite to be operated by Bangladesh Communication Satellite Company Limited (BCSCL), as part of a project being implemented by the Bangladesh Telecommunication Regulatory Commission (BTRC).

Designed and manufactured by French-Italian aerospace company Thales Alenia Space, the satellite is scheduled for launch on May 5th from Florida’s Cape Canaveral launchpad in the US, with SpaceX’s Falcon 9 Block 5 rockets delivering it into orbit.

The satellite, with an expected lifespan of 15 years, will have major applications in Direct to Home (DTH), Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) communications, backhaul and trunking, network restoration, and disaster preparedness and relief.

It will be the first full-size satellite in operation for Bangladesh, and will be a potential source of savings and eventual income for the nation – currently, Bangladesh spends nearly $14 million a year on renting satellite services from other nations. Once operational, BTRC is expected to rent out satellite services to Nepal and Bhutan, among others, using 20 of the 40 transponders on board.

Two ground stations at Gazipur and Rangamati will control the satellite functions locally.

SpaceX had previously planned to launch the satellite December 16th of 2017, but the launch was postponed due to damage from Hurricane Irma.

Facebook rolls out updates to fight “fake news”

After several shocking revelations concerning Facebook sharing data with Cambridge Analytica, the social media giant has started rolling out an update that it tested last year as a means of curbing the tidal wave of “fake news”. Hopefully it will help build a credible base of information shared on Facebook, and reduce the influence of websites producing and distributing fake news.

By tapping on the [about this article, i] button on a news shared on Facebook, details about the website shared from and similar news appears. Scroll down and you will even find the regions where the news is getting shared from the most. It also shows who shared it – one of the crucial points of this new feature.

Initially the update appears to be giving context for the news that users share, but this new feature will help users recognize their Facebook friend’s views even more.

This clarifies how Facebook recognizes your behavioral patterns and builds a specific advertisement stream tailored for you. But this will shed more light on the people in your newsfeed who might be more prone to sharing fake news.

According to developers, the idea came from the “related articles” you can find whenever you interact with a news article on Facebook. In order for this feature to work, however, the authors of these stories have to have author tags implemented on their page.

The update is already available to everyone in the US and it’s expected to roll out worldwide in a few days.