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ISRO launched the lightest satellite "Kalamsat-V2"

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has launched the Kalamsat-V2 from Sriharikota Space Centre.
ISRO launched the lightest satellite "Kalamsat-V2"

About Kalamsat-V2:

  • The satellite is named after former President and Indian scientist Dr A.P.J. Abdul Kalam.
  • It is the lightest satellite to be ever built and launched into orbit and it is also ISRO's first launch of a satellite built by a private firm.
  • It is a communications satellite for ham radio transmission, a form of wireless communication used by amateurs for non-commercial activities.
  • The satellite is being built by students belonging to Space Kidz India, a Chennai-based space education firm.
  • The satellite costed 1.2 Million Indian rupees and was built during the span of six days.
  • The Satellite was launched using the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), a four-stage rocket.

ISRO attempts reclaiming the Dead Rocket Stage in this launch:

  • ISRO made an attempt to recover the dead rocket stage in this launch.
  • With PSLV rockets the first three stages usually drop back to Earth; its fourth and final stage using liquid propellants is stopped and restarted several times to get a spacecraft into just the right orbit.
  • ISRO converted this fourth stage into an experimental orbital platform to conduct small experiments in space.
  • This experimental orbital platform will aid in carrying out experiments in a near zero-gravity environment.
  • For the first time, ISRO is conducting such an experiment to reclaim a dead rocket stage and to keep it alive.

Question:

Q. Name the lightest satellite launched by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) from Sriharikota Space Centre?
a. Kalamsat-V2
b. Kalamsat-V3
c. Kalamsat-V4
d. Kalamsat-V5
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