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By Binu Shrestha
Kathmandu, June 18: The first nano-satellite of Nepal has been deployed on orbit rom the International Space Station (ISS) at 4 pm on Monday.
The ISS is a space station which is located about 400 km above the earth.
NepaliSat-1 has been deployed from Bhutan’s sky. The big sound of satellite was clearly heard in the live broadcast of the event.
The big sound proved that the satellite is working fine, Roshan Panday, acting chief of Faculty of Technology of Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), said.
The satellite, once put in the orbit, will take 90 minutes to go around the earth. It will be visible in Nepal's sky for two 2 to 3 times for 3 minutes every day from Tuesday.
However, the NAST will not be able to collect data and photographs currently due to the some technical problems at the ground station at the NAST office. It will take photographs from satellite within a week, he said.
Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) had organised public viewing of NepaliSat-1 deployment of its own office building today.
The three cube satellites of Nepal, Sri Lanka and Japan have been deployed together today. Sri Lanka has also entered the space age for the first time with Nepal.
NepaliSat-1 satellite developed by two Nepali scientists was launched into the outer space on April 17.
This nano-satellite deployment task is a milestone in the science and technology sector of Nepal. It is expected to encourage launching of more satellites in the days to come, Panday said
Avash Maskay and Hari Ram Shrestha have developed this tiny device. They were selected for a postgraduate study programme under the scholarship programme to Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech), Japan, he said.
The success of the mission would be instrumental to the Nepali scientists for future space endeavors. Launching and operating the satellite was just the first step towards capacity building and motivating the scientists of the nation, he added.
“We are aware that limited amount of data can be obtained from the 1U CubeSat nano-satellitee. The weight of this nano-satellitee is 1.3 kg,” he said.
The age of this Nepalisat-1 is three years. The pictures captured by the nano-satellite from the space will not be able to collect information enough to predict floods, landslides, wildfires, and other natural disasters. It will not be able to create a web for telecommunications and internet either, he said.
"We need a bigger satellite to perform such works," he said.