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Nepal’s First Ever Satellite Launched into Space

Nepal’s first satellite NepaliSat-1 was launched into space from the Virginia-based station of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) in the US.

NepaliSat-1

  • NepaliSat-1 will start rotating around the Earths orbit to collect information about the country’s topography and Earths magnetic field.
  • The satellite also bears the Nepal flag and logo of  Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).
  • The satellite is equipped with a 5MP camera to capture Nepal’s topography and a magnetometer to collect data related to the Earth’s magnetic field.
  • The images and data will be sent by satellite to the ground station at NAST.
  • The satellite was developed by two Nepalis Abhas Maskey and Hariram Shrestha at Japan’s Kyushu Institute of Technology.

Along with NepaliSat-1, Sri Lanka’s first satellite, Raavana 1was also launched into space. Raavana 1 marked the entry of Sri Lanka into space.

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Raavana-1 launched into Space

Sri Lanka’s first satellite Raavana-1 was launched into space from NASA’s Flight Facility on Virginia’s east shore.

Raavana-1

  • Raavana 1 weights around 1.05 kg and is 1000 cubic centimetres in size.
  • The minimum lifespan of the satellite is around one and a half years and it is expected to be active for five years.
  • Raavana 1 satellite was designed and built at the Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan by two Sri Lankan research engineers.
  • Raavana 1 satellite’s camera mission is to capture images of Sri Lanka and its neighbouring countries.
  • The Raavana-1 is expected to orbit 400 kilometres away from the earth.
  • The satellite will achieve an active attitude stabilization which ensures that the satellite’s attitude is stable under the influence of external talks.

The launch of Raavana-1 marks Sri Lanka’s entry into the global space age.

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