Good year for BD. On 15 June 2016, Professor Syed Saad Andaleeb, Ph.D., Vice Chancellor, BRAC University signed a contract with the Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan, on behalf of BRAC University. This will lead to collaboratively building the first experimental university Nano-Satellite of Bangladesh, designed, developed and assembled by three students from the EEE department of BRAC University, namely, Kafi, Antara and Maisun on a mission titled “Joint Global Multi-Nation BIRDS Satellite” with the acronym “BIRDS Project”. The Nano-Satellite was named Onnesha 3B in which the three Bs stand for Bangladesh, BRAC University and BIRDS Project. Onnesha 3B to be launched in 2017.
The aims at using the satellite for following missions:
1. Observe space environment and Monitor satellite location.
2. Demonstrate Ground Station Network for Nano-satellite constellation.
3. Attain multi-point simultaneous space environment measurement.
4. Relay audio signal and attain communication through HAM radio during emergency and catastrophe. Also play national anthem on special national days.
5. Take high quality aerial photograph of land to analyze vegetation, urbanization, flood, sea are surveillance, meteorology data etc.