ISRO to launch satellite built by 750 girls from across nation on August 7

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The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will launch 75 payloads developed and built by 750 girl students from across India on August 7.

The payload is created by 750 students from across the country under the umbrella of Space Kidz India.

68 schools forming 75 teams will be participating in making this satellite under the guidance of Space Kidz India. Even juvenile children were made to be part of this initiative.

“Creating scientist as youngest possible and bringing space closer to them, easily and accessible to everyone is the mission and vision for the Space Kidz India. And I am really proud and happy to be part of it,” a girl told India Today.

“We are all very grateful to PM Modi, who gave us such an opportunity that all girls are able to get a hand at experience making miniature satellite,” another girl told India Today.

Another girl said that they have been working on this project for the last 2-3 months.

Talking about the difficulties faced by the team, a girl said, “It indeed was difficult but, this is a golden and rare opportunity, which not everyone gets. And since we got this opportunity, we are very lucky and we are very pleased that we got this chance.”

Dr Srimathi, who is the brain behind the satellite that is being launched made by the kids, said, “Its azadi, (Independence), so, I thought let’s involve kids from Jammu and Kashmir to Kanyakumari. This is called K&K project. And we started from there.”

She also highlighted that the “Schools were very supportive. NITI Aayog gave a list of schools and we started talking to them. Many didn’t understand, but the people who understood jumped off.” She also said that “I will carry a begging bowl if it is for the children’s community.”

The project, with a mission life of six months, is part of the Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav celebrations, to mark the 75th anniversary of Independence. The satellite will be launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota at 9:18 am into Low Earth Orbit (LEO).

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