Nepali SAT-1 completes 2 years of orbiting the earth, expected to fall to the ground in September

NepaliSat-1, a cube satellite weighing 1.3 kg, was launched into space from Virginia, US, in the wee hours of Thursday, April 18, 2019. It mentions names of the scientists who developed it. Photo courtesy: NASA

It has been two years since Nepal’s first nano satellite ‘Nepali SAT-1’ started orbiting the earth. The satellite was launched on April 19, 2019 from a launch center in the US state of Virginia.

About two months after the launch of the satellite, which was built in Japan by a team led by NAST scientist Abhash Maske, Nepali SAT-1 started orbiting the earth. At that time, ‘Nepali SAT-1’, Sri Lanka’s ‘Ravan-1’ and Japan’s ‘Yubusu’ were also launched simultaneously.

That’s why the launch program was named “Word-Three” satellite launch program. The satellite is equipped with a high-capacity 5 megapixel camera. With the help of which various information is being collected.

First image captured by Nepali Sat 1

For the first time in December 2019, the satellite was able to take three pictures. The photo was taken at a station at Qtech University in Japan because of a problem with the radio equipment connected to NAST at the time.

According to the Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), the photo covers Bhutan, Dhaka in Bangladesh and Assam, Dajirling and Sikkim in India. In recent times, pictures of Nepal’s terrain have been collected from stations built by NAST.

Now, the age of the SAT is coming to an end, said Rabindra Dhakal, head of Nast’s technology faculty. According to him, initially Nepali satellites were in space 420 kilometers above the earth’s surface. He said that now it has reached 300 km above the surface of the earth and it is estimated that it will fall to the ground by next September.

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