Thursday, 24 January 2019

ISRO begins countdown for launch of smallest student satellite Kalamsat

ISRO begins countdown for launch of smallest student satellite Kalamsat 

The countdown to the launch of the world’s smallest and lightest communication satellite, Kalamsat, developed by students began, late on Wednesday.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch the satellite from the first launch pad of the Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh, at 11: 37 pm on Thursday. The satellite has been developed by Spacekidz, a Chennai-based group of students.

A smaller version of the student satellite was launched by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration of the US in June 2017 alongwith other experiments. However, the launch on 24 January by ISRO will be the first time that such a satellite will be put into orbital flight. The earlier satellite was put in sub-orbital flight, which is just near the boundary of outer space, but the trajectory is such that it carries the satellite back to earth without completing one orbital revolution.

Named after the former President of India and noted aerospace scientist A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, the satellite is the smallest weighing 1.2 kgs and has a lifespan of two months.

It will also be the first time that ISRO will make use of a new variant of the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), designated as PSLV-DL with two strap-on motors. PSLV-C44 will be the first mission of PSLV-DL.

The world's lightest satellite, made by Indian students, was successfully placed in orbit by a rocket launched by the ISRO on Thursday night. It's on the house - not a single rupee is being charged by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the task. The satellite designed and built by students who work with a private organisation called "Space Kidz India" in Chennai weighs less than a wooden chair at only 1.26 kg.

ISRO Successfully Launches World's Lightest Satellite Made By Students
All India  Reported by Pallava Bagla, Edited by Debanish Achom
The Kalamsat-V2 is the lightest satellite in the world, the ISRO said, adding it's the first satellite designed and built by an Indian private entity to be launched by ISRO

The world's lightest satellite, made by Indian students, was successfully placed in orbit by a rocket launched by the ISRO on Thursday night. It's on the house - not a single rupee is being charged by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the task. The satellite designed and built by students who work with a private organisation called "Space Kidz India" in Chennai weighs less than a wooden chair at only 1.26 kg.
It cost Rs 12 lakh to make and was made ready in six days, though the group perfected the technology over a span of six years, said Srimathy Kesan, a 45-year-old professional who steered this motley group of 20-something at Space Kidz India.

The Kalamsat-V2 is the lightest satellite in the world, the ISRO said, adding Thursday's launch from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota also marks another milestone - it's the first satellite designed and built by an Indian private entity and Space Kidz India to be launched by ISRO.

In its 46th flight, the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) would place the 740-kg primary satellite Microsat-R, an imaging satellite meant for military purposes, in a 274-km polar sun synchronous orbit about 14 minutes after the lift-off, the ISRO said, according to a PTI report.

After this, the stage four of the rocket with the Kalamsat, a 10-CM size cube and weighing 1.2 kg, would be moved to a higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments using the tiny payload.

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