Shreeya Pradhan Shrestha, one of the students, proudly showed visitors including her brother and mother, her team’s creation during a recent visit. She herself was responsible for the printed circuit boards on Munal.
Shrestha is among nine science and management students working on the Munal, and they come from diverse backgrounds. Using CAD (Computer-Aided Design) the team designed five specialised circuit boards that will be installed in Munal.
“My computer skill was non-existent, my English was not very good, but the boot camp helped me grow and gain confidence,” says Sangeeta Mainali, a management student responsible for the antenna panel.
The two projects cost Rs10 million and will put two more Nepali cube satellites into Earth orbit. Danfe will be launched in collaboration with Thailand’s International Institute of Space Technology for Economic Development (INSTED). Munal, on the other hand, will probably be launched by the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) in mid-2023.
Besides the Nepal flag, Munal will also carry photos of Mt Everest, Lumbini and Pashupati to illustrate Nepal’s natural heritage and cultural harmony. The students have also added a clip of the first recorded Nepali song as part of Munal’s Art and Culture Mission.