Indians love nothing more than making announcements regarding themselves and making their presence known. Since 2014, BJP has compensated that for the rest of the introverted Indians.
But it was with our honorable prime minister, Mr. Narendra Modi that, this culture of blowing one’s trumpet has attained the level of an art.
Now you may ask me, why am I saying so? Well, some of us have taken the expression, “Modi hai, toh mumkin hain” literally. And now that the world already knows about us, it is time for the universe to get acquainted with our great culture and heritage.
How Are We Planning On Doing That?
What do you think? Satellites, of course!
ISRO has planned to launch PSLV-C51, the first dedicated mission of NewSpace India Ltd. on 28th February. NewSpace India Limited is a Central Public Sector Enterprise and commercial wing of ISRO.
This will carry the first indigenously made Brazilian satellite Amazonia-1 as the main payload along with 20 other satellites including a nanosatellite developed by SpaceKidz India and India’s first privately built commercial satellite by Pixxel.
And it is this nanosatellite that has stolen the limelight.
What Is So Special About This Nanosatellite?
This nanosatellite, named after one of the first founding fathers of the Indian space program, will carry something very unusual with it.
The Satish Dhawan nanosatellite will take a copy of Bhagavad Gita, a photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and the names of 25,000 individuals with it to space.
It is going to be the second venture of SpaceKidz after Kalamsat, which was launched in 2019. SpaceKidz is an organization dedicated to nurturing young minds who are interested in space science.
As per the reports by Hindustan Times, this nanosatellite will carry three scientific payloads—one for studying space radiation, the other for magnetosphere, and the last one is to demonstrate a low-power wide-area communication network.
Why Was Such A Unique Thing Planned?
One of the leading dailies reported that the idea of sending Bhagavad Gita was an inspiration from other space missions that have carried holy books with them to space.
On the idea of sending names of kids to space, Dr. Srimathy Kesan, founder and CEO of SpaceKidz India, believed that it would be a nice initiative to spark interest in the budding minds about science and space.
She further added that they had received over 20,000 names within a week, and they have ultimately finalized 25,000 entries. To make it more interesting, the organization has given boarding passes to all those kids whose names have been selected.
The finishing touch to this creative piece would not have been complete without a speck of ‘aatmanirbharta’. Therefore, the words ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat’ were also carved on the top panel of the satellite.
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairperson Dr. K Sivan and scientific secretary Dr. R Umamaheswaran have also been inscribed on the bottom panel.
The teams are now gearing up for the last stage before the launch. Due to some delays in the assembly of the rocket, the launch has already been postponed before.
According to Kesan, they are currently working on some design alterations recommended by ISRO, and that they are positive about it taking off on 28th February from Sriharikota. And who are we kidding? Aren’t we all excited to see ourselves competing with some of the most advanced nations of the world?
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