Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Nepal to launch own satellite on April 17

Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) has yesterday called a tender to set up a ground station to monitor and keep the records sent from the satellite as the country is planning to launch NepaliSat-1 – Nepal's own satellite – on April 17 from Virginia in USA.
Though the satellite will be launched by Orbital ATK – an American aerospace manufacturer and defence industry company – NAST has to set up a ground station to keep records and from the NepalSat-1.
According to NAST, it needs to purchase some satellite communication system equipment. "The institution has called a tender to purchase the equipment yesterday," it said, adding that interested firms or supplier companies can register for the tender.
NAST also claimed that it has already completed all the preparatory works. After installing the ground station NAST will have to hire skilled technical human resources.
Once the NepaliSat-1 begins sending information NAST will work on expanding the mission. From April 17 Nepali satellite with the Nepali flag and NAST logo printed on it will be in orbit. The NepaliSat-1 will be in orbit for a maximum of three years.
NAST initiated the launch of Nepal's own satellite under the BIRDS project of the Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology (KIT). The project has been designed in association with the United Nations (UN) aiming to help countries to launch their first satellite. The country will be launching the NepaliSat-1 in collaboration with Sri Lanka and Bhutan along with assistance from the Japanese Space Agency.
NAST has invested a total of Rs 15 million for the satellite that weighs 1.3 kg and the slot of NepaliSat-1 lies in the lower orbit. The satellite will contribute in data-sharing among the nations involved in the BIRDS mission. It will also help generate public awareness and contribute to greater exposure of astronomy, science and technology in the respective countries.

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