In this World of modernization science and technology achieved vast progress in every field. Every country of the World wants to put steps in the space. Now it is for the first time that Nepal successfully launched its first satellite Thursday into space from the US to gather detailed geographical information of the Himalayan nation, evoking unbridled excitement among the people and scientists.
According to the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the NepaliSat-1 satellite was launched at 2:31 am (Nepal time) from Virginia in the United States. It was developed by two Nepali scientists, Aabhas Maskey and Hariram Shrestha under the BIRDS project of their institute. These two scientists are currently studying at Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology.
The BIRDS project has been designed in association with the United Nations and aims at helping countries launch their first satellite. NAST initiated the launch of the country’s own satellite under the BIRDS project of the Japanese Kyushu Institute of Technology.
K P Sharma, the prime minister of Nepal said it was a matter of prestige for the country to have its own satellite. He congratulated all the scientists and institutions involved in the development of the satellite.
In a tweet, he said, “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”.
A spokesperson for NAST Suresh Kumar Dhungel said with the help of NepaliSat-1, ground station located at NAST office will communicate and gather images of the geographical area of the country.
According to NAST, NepaliSat-1 is a low orbit satellite which will be in the 400-km distance from the Earth’s surface. It will be stationed at the International Space Station for a month and then it will be sent to orbit the earth. The satellite will take photographs on a regular basis to gather geographical information of the country.
It is a small satellite with limited capability that weights 1.3 kilograms. Nearly 20 million were invested by the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology. The satellite has a Nepali flag and the NAST logo. It also has the name of the scientists involved in the making of the satellite. Nepal’s first entry into space has brought huge excitement among people and scientists.