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AzaadiSat, built by 750 girl students

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Built by 750 girl students of 75 schools across India, “AzaadiSAT” is all set for launch early next month onboard the maiden flight of ISRO's Small Satellite Launch Vehicle (SSLV).

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  • AZAADISAT is a satellite mission with the ambitious vision to encourage Government school children (from economically weak backgrounds) with the basic understanding and knowledge of space and tutor them to build a small experiment and launch it to the edge of space through a “Balloon Satellite” or through an “Orbital Satellite".
  • The satellite has 75 Femto experiments, selfie cameras to click pictures of its own solar panels and long-range communication transponders.
  • Weight: eight-kg
  • Mission life: six months
  • This is the first of its kind space mission with an all-women concept to promote women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) as this year’s UN theme is ‘Women in Space’.
  • The primary payload of the first demonstration flight of SSLV is an earth observation satellite MicroSat 2A.
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