On April 18: Nepal launched its first-ever satellite on Thursday morning. Nepali SAT-1 is Nepal’s first Satellite. SAT-1 has a width of 10cm and height of 10cm and weight of 1kg.300gram. Two Nepali scientists Aabhas Maskey and Hariram Shrestha who are currently studying at Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology developed the satellite under the BIRDS project of their institute. SAT-1 is printed with the Nepali flag and the NAST logo and name of students who build the satellite. The cost of this satellite is Rs. 1Crore and 82 lakh.
The successful launch of the satellite ‘Nepal SAT-1″ took place in the Mid Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility on Virginia’s East Shore, US Eastern time 4: 46 PM. The satellite called ‘NepaliSat-1’ was launched at 2:31 am Nepali time according to (NAST). The Birds-3 Program is an effort in collaboration with Nepal’s government and the Japanese Space Agency, (JAXA) which coordinate the launch of Nepal’s first Satellite ‘Nepal Sat-1″.
Nepali SAT-1, will be kept at the International Space Station for a month and then it will be sent to orbit the earth, according to NAST authorities. According to the Rabindra Dhakal, the senior scientist of NAST, SAT-1 will take almost 1 month to reach space. SAT-1 will send the pictures, data which can be very helpful the students of Space engineering of Nepal.
In the successful launching of Nepali SAT-1 Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli tweeted, “Though a humble beginning, with the launching of NepaliSat-1 Nepal, has entered the Space-Era. I wish to congratulate all those scientists and institutions that were involved right from the development to its launching thereby enhancing the prestige of our country.”