Kathmandu University High SchoolCultivating socially responsible & sensible citizens
Project MUNAL is a part of the High School Consortium Satellite Project, done in collaboration between Nepal Academy of Science and Technology (NAST), Nepal, and the International Institute of Space Technology for Economic Development (INSTED), Thailand. High School Consortium Satellite Project’s goal is to develop the world’s first high school CubeSat constellation.
Currently, at least one CubeSat each, made by highschool students, from both countries is planned to be included in the constellation.
The CubeSat from Nepal is being developed at Space Systems Laboratory (SSL) located at Kathmandu University High School (KUHS). The CubeSat is named ‘MUNAL’.
MUNAL Project Timeline
In-house design of development of Nepal’s second CubeSat, as part of the World’s First High School CubeSat Constellation.
The objectives of MUNAL are divided into two parts:
- In-house design, build, test, and launch of Nepal’s second CubeSat
- To demonstrate novel SSoC-based COM/OBC designed in-house
- To give continuity to two Missions of NepaliSat-1: Store & Forward (S&F) and Imaging Mission
- To build a vegetation density database of the earth’s surface
- To implement image segmentation for landmass identification using Artificial Intelligence (Machine Learning) to increase good image downlink efficiency.
- To collect and build a database of radiation dose rate and count rate in Low Earth Orbit (LEO)
To accomplish the above-mentioned objectives MUNAL incorporates the following missions
- Camera Mission
- Passive Attitude Control and Determination Mission
- Satellite System-on-Chip (SSoC) Payload Demonstration Mission
- Radiation Measurement Mission
- Art Mission
Among the missions listed above, missions I -IV are science missions, while mission V, Art Mission is a cultural mission. The main significance of this mission is the thematic representation of Nepali culture in space.
Prepared by: Janardhan Silwal