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India puts Kalamsat V2 into orbit

ISRO launches military satellite Microsat-R The PSLV C44 is the first launch for the country’s space agency in 2019
Leonard Rios | 27 January, 2019, 15:41

ISRO also used this launch as an opportunity to demonstrate the usability of the fourth stage of the rocket after the satellites are ejected into orbit.

Sriharikota: Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is set to launch an imaging satellite Microsat-R along with a student payload "Kalamsat" from its spaceport in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh on 24th January. Kalamsat, a student payload will be the first to use PS4 as orbital platform. "We will test the effectiveness of nano communication satellites during this mission", said Srimathy Kesan, CEO, Space Kidz India. We want students to bring their satellites to us and we will launch them.

In 25 years, the PSLV has successfully carried 53 Indian and 269 global satellites. Their first satellite, also called Kalamsat, went into space on a NASA rocket in 2017, but it was a sub-orbital flight, meaning it was not put into an orbit.

Kesan said "Kalamsat" has mission life of two months and was a telecommunication satellite. Sub-orbital spaceflights technically enter space, but do not get into orbit.

The 10-centimetre (four-inch) cube satellite, named Kalamsat V2, weighs just 1.2 kilograms (2.6 pounds), according to students from the private Space Kidz India group who designed the celestial unit.

Indian Scientists have recently launched a pint-sized satellite that is actually designed by students.

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Kalamsat-V2 was made by students belonging to Space Kidz India, a Chennai-based space education firm. And the students we have are from various colleges.

Announcing that the ISRO is working on a new launch vehicle meant for smaller satellites - SSLV (small satellite launch vehicle), Sivan said first launch of the vehicle would happen this year.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated scientists of ISRO for the launch of PSLV.

At 11.37 p.m, the 44.4-metre tall rocket blasted off from the first launch pad here.

Last week, Isro launched its outreach programme to attract young minds and nurture space research.

"The IIST is designing a satellite along with California Institute of Technology", ISRO Chairman K Sivan, told IANS. "If the satellites are good, we want them to fly".

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