Bhutan to launch its first satellite in next two years

bhutan-to-luanch-its-first-satellite-in-2018In the next two years, Bhutan will launch its first satellite fulfilling one of the visions of His Majesty The King.

Three in-service engineers will be leaving for Japan by the end of this month to study space engineering.

The country will be launching cubesat, a miniaturised satellite.

The three will be at Kyushu Institute of Technology in Japan next month. They have been working as engineers with the health and information and communications ministry.

The trio will complete their masters programme in 2018.

They recently met with the Prime Minister Tshering Tobgay.

The Prime Minister said the cubesat will be used to take photographs of the country, to study the situation of the glacier and lakes, and to do some basic communications.

“For the first time, in addition to using space technology, Bhutan will be developing our own capacity to enter the frontier of space,” said Lyonchhen.

He said the government will be developing the country’s first space agency within the ministry of information and communications where the trio will work after completing their course.

“In addition to operating the nanosat, we will also operate the transponder on the SAARC Satellite, it is a geostationary satellite. They orbit at higher altitude something like 40,000Km.”

Lyonchhen said the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi announced the launch of the satellite this December and they have given Bhutan one transponder to use. “But we need to have the capacity to operate the transponder”

The three candidates will have to design, build, launch and operate the Cubesat as a part of their course.

Bhutan has two orbital slots which are still un-used.




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