Nepal on 18 April 2019 successfully launched its first satellite into space from the US to gather detailed geographical information of the Himalayan nation, evoking unbridled excitement among the people and scientists. Developed by the Nepalese scientists, NepaliSat-1 satellite was launched at 2:31 am (Nepal time) from Virginia in the United States, according to Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST).
1. The satellite will be stationed at the International Space Station for a month and then it will be sent to orbit the earth.
2. The NepaliSat-1 is a low orbit satellite and it will be in the 400-km distance from the Earth’s surface. It weighs 1.3 kilograms, making it a small satellite with limited capability.
3. The satellite has a Nepali flag and the NAST logo. It also has the name of the scientists involved in the making of the satellite.
4. Its key focus would be to take photographs on a regular basis to gather geographical information of the country.