ISRO Places World’s Lightest Satellite in Orbit

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The World’s lightest satellite, Kalamsat-V2, made by Indian students was placed in orbit. The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C44) successfully injected Microsat-R andKalamsat-V2 satellites into their designated orbits, from the First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota, in its 46th flight.  ISRO has not charged any money to launch the satellite, Kalamsat-V2. The satellite was designed and built by students who work with Space Kidz India, a private organisation based in Chennai. The satellite weighs only 1.26 kg. The satellite was built at a cost of Rs 12 lakh.

This PSLV-C44 flight marked the first mission of PSLV-DL, a new variant of PSLV with two strap-on motors.

The Chairman of ISRO, Dr K Sivan, said the PSLV-C44 mission was unique as it was for the first time ISRO used the last stage of the rocket as a platform to perform experiments in space.

“I hope the student community will make use of this opportunity being provided by ISRO. This new low cost technology will help students to conduct several inspiring experiments in space by attaching their instruments to the last stage of the rocket,” Dr Sivan said.

He congratulated Kalamsat-V2 team for their perfection in making satellites. “We must strive for science-oriented India. ISRO is open to all students across India. We want students to bring their satellites to us and we will launch them. Young scientists will shape the future of India,” Dr Sivan said. (www.isro.gov.in)

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