ISRO Successfully Launches First Student-Made Satellite Kalamsat

Kalamsat is a payload developed by students and Chennai based Space Kidz India for the first time.The satellites were launched in the first mission for the Isro in 2019.The Kalamsat-V2 is the lightest satellite in the world.

SRIHARIKOTA: ISRO launched its 46th flight of Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) and put into space Microsat-R, an imaging satellite and student-made Kalamsat, a communication satellite named after former President Abdul Kalam, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota.

The Isro said it would take about 90 minutes for the fourth stage to reach the desired orbit.It will also carry Microsat-R, an imaging and surveillance satellite, for the Defence Research and Development Organisation.

The Kalamsat is a payload developed by students and Chennai-based Space Kidz India. Space Kidz India is working towards promoting art, science and culture for students of India, and to create an international platform for them.

“ISRO is open to all students of India. Bring to us your satellites and we will launch it for you. Let’s make India into a science-fairing nation, ISRO Chief K Sivan said on successful launch of PSLVC 44 mission.

The fourth stage of the rocket with co-passenger Kalamsat, a students’ payload, would now be moved to a higher circular orbit, around 450 kms from earth, so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.

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.

The Kalamsat is an experimental satellite for studying the communication system of nano satellites Former ISRO chairmen Krishnaswamy Kasturirangan and AS Kiran Kumar were among those who witnessed the launch.

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