India launched worlds lightest satellite Kalamsat V2 into orbit.The lightest weighing satellite of 1.26kg (2.6lb),made by the students of the Space Kids India,a space education firm.
The mission is aimed at helping the ham radio operators and building a space education in India.”inspire school children to become the scientists and engineers of the future”, said Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
K Sivan,the Isro head has claimed that “Kalamsat is the lightest satellite to be ever built and launched into orbit”.The satellite was launched by Isro’s PSLV rocket from Sriharikota space centre,today morning.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi appreciated the students and their guides behind the prestigious achievement.
Heartiest congratulations to our space scientists for yet another successful launch of PSLV.
This launch has put in orbit Kalamsat, built by India’s talented students.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 25 January 2019
The Space Kids India,a Chennai based space research firm spent only satellite took just six days to make, at a cost of 1.2m Indian rupees ($16,887).
We were thinking if what was happening was real. The entire #Kalamsat-V2 team was over the Moon after sitting inside @isro Mission Control waiting to see our own satellite go into orbit.- CEO @SpaceKidzIndia @SrimathyKesan @OnmanoramaLive https://t.co/6u3BWgvJx6#ISROMissions pic.twitter.com/yx2qemhrzB
— ✈Anantha Krishnan M✈ (@writetake) 25 January 2019
So far India had launched nine satellites made by students into orbit.In this mission Isro will be implementin reusing technique.The last stage of the PSLV rocket will be “moved to a higher circular orbit” from where the Kalamsat-V2 is expected to beam down its signals.
“This is the first time Isro is conducting such an experiment to reclaim a dead rocket stage and to keep it alive,” Mr Sivan said.