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SastoCube: Nepal's Very Own Educational Satellite

  With the experience of over five years working with university and school students through the legacy SastoSat program, the newly formed non-profit organization Antarikchya [Pratisthan Nepal], in support of NATCOM-UNESCO and National Innovation Center led by Dr. Mahabir Pun, has developed an educational satellite kit called SastoCube. The non-flight satellite is designed according to a 1U CubeSat standard and is targeted for students above grade 7.  As a field-test of the product, Antarikchya sent team members and volunteers from Kathford and Kathmandu University Robotics Club to conduct a week-long program on first week of July, 2021 at a school run by Madan-Subhadra Foundation in remote Khotang. Three other government schools participated and about fifty students worked with the team to learn about electronics, mechanical systems and communication through the satellite kit.  The kit incorporates simple experiments such as lighting up RGB led by sending commands to receiving GPS tel

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