India’s first open-source satellite ‘InQube’ developed by 12th grader to be launched this month

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Onkar Batra, a 12th-grade student from BSF Senior Secondary School in Jammu, has achieved another remarkable feat with the upcoming launch of India’s first open-source satellite, “InQube,” by the Indian Space Agency-ISRO. Developed under the Paradox Sonic Space Research Agency, the satellite, weighing one kilogram, has been created using nanotechnology. Batra shared that many foreign universities and researchers are involved in similar projects, prompting them to collaborate with India’s ISRO to launch it into space. While the launch cost in India is estimated to range from Rs 20-80 lakhs, the price in foreign countries often amounts to crores. The satellite has two missions: to test the functionality of a lightweight satellite in space, and to collect temperature data for researchers studying weather conditions and the challenges associated with launching satellites into space.

Onkar Batra, who also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Batra Technology, has previously been honored with the National Ball Shakti Award from the President of India for creating an interactive website on Covid-19. Notably, he gained recognition at a young age by becoming the world’s youngest webmaster at the age of seven, earning a place in the Guinness Book of World Records. At 12 years old, he became the world’s youngest theoretical author with his book “When The Time Stops.” In recent years, he has established two companies: Batra Technologies in 2018 and United India Publishing in 2019.

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