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In a first satellite, desi takes to space a photo of Gita, PM and the names of 25,000 commoners | India News

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NEW DELHI: Thanks to a desi startup satellite, the Bhagvad Gita, has now found a home in space. The Hindu religious book was first brought into space by SpaceKidz India’s SD SAT satellite, named after one of the founding fathers of the Indian space program Satish Dhawan, after whom the Sriharikota launch center has been christened.
SD SAT was one of 19 satellites launched by the Indian Space Research Organization’s PSLV-C51, which took off from Sriharikota at 10.30am on Sunday. In addition to carrying a copy of the Bhagvad Gita in a secure digital card format, the SD SAT also carried the image of Prime Minister Narendra Modi engraved on the upper panel of the spacecraft to show solidarity and gratitude for his Atmanirbhar initiative and the reforms of the space sector. SpaceKidz India (SKI) said its satellite also bears the names of 25,000 ordinary people to raise awareness about space and make people fascinated by space science.

In a first satellite, desi takes to space a photo of Gita, PM and the names of 25,000 commoners | India News

SKI founder and CEO Dr. Srimathy Kesan came up with the idea to take Gita into space after taking a leaf out of the book from other space agencies, who in the past had brought holy books from other religions such as the Bible to the space and the moon. On the science front, SD SAT, a 30x10x10cm cuboid experimental communication satellite, carries three scientific payloads: to study space radiation, the magnetosphere, and to demonstrate a low-power wide-area communication network, and is expected to have a shelf life of two years.

In a first satellite, desi takes to space a photo of Gita, PM and the names of 25,000 commoners | India News

Among the 19 satellites launched was the main payload, the 637 kg Brazilian Amazon-1 Earth Observation Satellite, which will help the South American country monitor the Amazon rainforest.
Congratulating the Brazilian president on the successful launch of Amazonia-1, Modi tweeted “Congratulations to president @jairbolsonaro on the successful launch of Brazil’s Amazonia-1 satellite by PSLV-C51. This is a historic moment in our space cooperation and my congratulations to the Brazilian scientists ”. On the first rocket launch this year, PM Modi further tweeted, “Congratulations to NSIL (NewSpace India Limited) and @isro on the success of the first dedicated commercial launch of Mission PSLV-C51 / Amazonia-1. This marks the beginning of a new era of spatial reforms in the country. 18 fellow travelers included four small satellites that show the dynamism and innovation of our youth. ”
In addition to SD SAT, the other four launched student-built satellites are UNITYsat, a three-in-one satellite developed by universities that will provide radio relay service, and the ‘SindhuNetra’ satellite developed by PES University of Bengaluru, which received the award. Rs. Rs 2.2 million contract by Imarat Research Center, which is part of Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO).
‘SindhuNetra’ will be used to identify suspicious ships through satellite imagery and can also be used to carry out surveillance in specific areas such as the South China Sea or pirate-infested areas near the Gulf of Aden and the African coast.
Describing it as a special mission for the country, Isro President K Sivan said the space agency guided universities in building satellites and that the launch will excite industry and academic institutions to build their own satellites in the future. Sivan said the mission was also special, as the five satellites were included in the new space reforms announced by the Modi government last year.

Times of India

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