Will Indian satellite carry names of common people into space? here is what you all beed to know about Satish Dhawan Satellite.
Satish Dhawan Satellite
Satish Dhawan Satellite (SD Sat) is scheduled to announce the common people’s names worldwide to space in an attempt to raise consciousness, create interest and fascinate more people with space science.
SD Sat is a 3U cube satellite named after Professor Satish Dhawan, the former chairman and one of the founding fathers of the Indian Space Program. The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is launching it into orbit onboard a PSLV-C51 (Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle) rocket.
Will Indian satellite carry names of common people into space?
“The concept of sending common people’s names into space is an effort to build awareness, generate interest, and fascinate more people with space science, which is still viewed by many as inaccessible.” Srimathy Kesan, CEO of Space Kidz India said ANI.
“For the first time in India, our satellite is going to bear the names of ordinary people across the globe. We also developed a website where people who are excited about space science can register their names and get a boarding pass that is fun for kids as well as the common people’s knowledge part,” she said.
Kesan added, “They ask common people to give their names and send them a boarding pass when NASA sends a mars rover into space. We were worried about whether they should do it and why we shouldn’t. I want people to know that Indian satellite is bringing common people names into space.”
“The last day to send the entry is January 3, but we will extend it for another two days to consider the tremendous traffic, which means that people can register them until January 5. We have about 17,000 names and we look forward to at least 10 lakh names”, she further said.
“The launch is expected in February and we will announce technical information later as the testing and integration is going on,” she added.
Talking about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of making India self-reliant, Rifath Shaarook, a Scientist at Space Kidz India, said that “this project could only be possible because of our vision of PM Modi, which is why we are sending his name and photograph to the satellite.”
The satellite also measures the capabilities of LoRa technology in space that could be useful for many potential applications in short and M2M communication,” he said.