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ISRO’s Microsat-R

Why in News?

  • ISRO’s Microsat-R is the first mission of 2019 will put into space a 130-kg military imaging satellite.
  • While , C-44 will be launched from the older First Launch Pad at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.

Launching observations of ISRO’s Microsat-R :

  1. The satellite is placed within 15 minutes after take-off in a polar orbit 274 km away from Earth.
  2. Moreover ,this is much lower than any of its civil Earth observation spacecraft .In addition to ISRO’s Microsat-R flies pole to pole and over the globe at between 400 km and 700 km.

Payload Details

About ISRO’s  Microsat-R :

  1. Microsat-R and its payload come assembled from a handful of laboratories of the Defence Research and Development Organisation (DRDO).
  2. It is meant for military use.
  3. The satellite was assembled outside and ISRO only interfaced it” with its own systems and the launch vehicle, just as it treats any customer satellite.
  4. Other details are yet to be released by ISRO.

About Kalamsat :

  1. Kalamsat is a communication satellite with a life span of two months.
  2. The nanosatellite is a 10cm cube weighing 1.2 kg.
  3. The satellite cost was about Rs 12 lakh Kalamsat will be the first to use the rocket’s fourth stage as an orbital platform.
  4. The fourth stage will be moved to higher circular orbit so as to establish an orbital platform for carrying out experiments.
  5. It is named after former Indian president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam and was built by an Indian high school student team, led by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old from the Tamil Nadu town of Pallapatti.
  6. It is the world’s lightest and first ever 3D-printed satellite.

About  ISRO’s  UNNATI Programme

• The UNNATI Programme is an ISRO initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50).

• Meanwhile , UNNATI programme is planned to be conducted by U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) of ISRO for 3 years in 3 batches and will target to benefit 90 officials from 45 countries. 

• Each batch will be for 8-week duration and will comprise of theoretical course work on nanosatellite definition, utility, laws governing their impact on space debris, design drivers, reliability and quality assurance.

In addition to , it will also include hands-on training on assembly, integration and testing of nanosatellites.

• The first batch of this programme began on January 17 with 32 participants from 18 countries. 

Moreover , UNNATI is a capacity building programme on nanosatellite development.

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