LALITPUR, June 17: Nepal's first satellite called NepaliSat-1 started rotating in the orbit around the Earth on Monday.
The NepaliSat-1 weighing 1.3 kilos has started moving around the Earth's orbit from today, June 17, according to Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST). It has been in the International Space Station since one and half month.
The NAST has scheduled a live telecast of the moments the satellite being released into the Earth's orbit from its auditorium room 12:00 noon today. Three experts from JAXA have already arrived here to assist in the live telecast of the awaited moment. The program concluded at 5:00 pm today. Minister for Education, Science, and Technology, Giriraj Mani Pokhrel, attended the live 'video conference' of the NepaliSat-1 in Tokyo.
The conference is being organized today in Japan by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA).
The Minister is accompanied by NAST vice-chancellor Dr. Sunil Babu Shrestha, according to NAST Spokesperson Suresh Kumar Dhungel.
The two left for Japan last Saturday to take updates about the NepaliSat-1, the nanosatellite that was launched into space by Japan's Kyushu Institute of Technology on April 17 from the Virginia Space’s Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in the United States.