Nepal successfully launches its first satellite ‘NepaliSat-1’

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Nepal is a country that isn’t well developed in terms of technology. The space tech is supposed to be far out of grasp for Nepal. However, Nepal was able to launch its first space satellite successfully. NepaliSat-1, a cube satellite weighing 1.3 kg, was launched into space from Virginia, US, in the wee hours of Thursday, April 17, 2019. Weighing only 1.3 Kg and with size only 30% larger than a regular 3×3 Rubik’s cube, this nano-satellite will study the topography of Nepal. Apart from this, it will research the earth’s magnetic field.  Named as NepaliSat-1 (Bird NPL), it is the first satellite launched by Nepal. It was a part of BIRDS-3 satellite with ISS as its destination.

Antares rocket carried three satellites from the countries, Nepal, Sri Lanka, and Japan and took these satellites into the International Space station. NepaliSat-1 started rotating the earth after one month of storage at ISS.

Testing of NepaliSat-01
NepaliSat-1 being tested in Japan. Photo Courtesy: NAST

Abhas Maskey and Hariram Shrestha developed the first satellite to be launched by Nepal at Kyushu Institute of Technology, Japan. A team of eight scientists and engineers that had roles in the development have names on the satellite body. 

Pooja, Sasak, Makiko, Kakimoto, Abhas, Hari, Tharindu and Dutani have names on the satellite. Nepal government provided the cost(NPR 20 Million) for the development of NepaliSat-1 through NAST. NAST will receive the images and data sent by the NepaliSat-1.

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This launch is a positive step towards satellite communication for Nepal. The country’s first communication satellite is also preparing for launch. The development of NepaliSat-1 is undoubtedly going to open more doors for similar projects to take place in Nepal. There is no doubt this step will prove to be a huge breakthrough for Nepal in space technology.


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