BIRDS 3 Project

Mission Statement

Make the first step towards creating an indigenous space program by designing, building, testing, launching and operating, the first satellite(s) for participating nations. The project is led by Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan and involves students from Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Nepal and Japan.

BIRDS-3 Project in a nutshell

Satellite Names: NepaliSat-1 (Nepal), Raavana-1 (Sri Lanka) and Ugiusu (Japan)

Stakeholders: Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST) for Nepal, Arthur C Clarke Institute for Modern Technologies (ACCIMT) for Sri Lanka, and Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) for Japan.

Project duration: 2018-2020

CubeSat: 1U (10x10x10) cm3

Weight: 1.13kg

Launch Date: 17th April 2019

Time: 4.46PM (EDT)

Rocket: Northrop Grumman’s Antares

Cargo: Cygnus cargo spacecraft

Deployment: Deployed from International space station (ISS)

Date: 2019-06-17

Launched place: Virginia space’s Mid -Atlantic Regional spaceport at NASA’s Wallops, United States

BIRDS-3 missions can be found here