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, on April 17th, 2019, Nepal was able to launch its first space satellite successfully. Weighing only 1.33 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, 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.
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.
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.