New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday congratulated the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists for the successful launch of PSLV C44, carrying India’s military satellite Microsat-R and students’ payload Kalamsat, from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Andhra Pradesh’s Sriharikota on Thursday.

“Heartiest congratulations to our scientists for yet another successful launch of PSLV. This launch has put in orbit Kalamsat, built by India’s talented students. India becomes 1st country to use 4th stage of a space rocket as an orbital platform for micro-gravity experiments,” the Prime Minister tweeted on Friday.

The rocket blasted off from the first launchpad at 11.37 PM on Thursday in the first mission for ISRO in 2019. The Microsat-R and Kalamsat were successfully placed into their intended orbits by PSLV C44.

All You Need to Know About Kalamsat:

  • Kalamsat is a small communication satellite developed by students and Space Kidzs India.
  • It was carried into space, along with imaging satellite Microsat-R, on Thursday at 11.37 PM by a new variant of India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle rocket – PSLV-C44.
  • Kalamsat is a communication satellite with a life span of two months, as revealed by the mission launch brochure.
  • Named after former India president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, Kalamsat costs about Rs 12 lakh and is the world’s lightest and first ever 3D-printed satellite.
  • The nanosatellite was built by a team of Indian students, led by Rifath Sharook, an 18-year-old from the Tamil Nadu town of Pallapatti.
  • In terms of dimensions and weight, Kalamsat is reported to be a 10-cm size cube and weighs 1.2 kg.

Addressing the media on successful launch of PSLV C44 mission, ISRO Chief K Sivan announced that the space agency is open to all Indian students. “ISRO is open to all students of India. Bring to us your satellites and we will launch it for you. Let’s make India into a science-fairing nation,” he said.

The founder and CEO of Space Kidz India, S Kesan, termed the launch as the victory for student aerospace community. She said, “ISRO spent so much money to build a rocket & gave a segment of it for student research,the opportunity was phenomenal.”