Nepal made its first step to space entry with the official launch of its maiden telecommunication satellite project on March 12, 2019.
Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA) has officially signed an agreement with a French aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space for this joint venture project.
“The Nepal Telecommunications Authority and France-based Thales Alenia Space, a Joint Venture between Thales (67 %) and Leonardo (33 %), have signed today an agreement under which, Thales Alenia Space will build the national satellite telecommunication system for Nepal,” NTA said in an official release.
This agreement is in response to the ‘Letter of Intent’ signed between Nepal Minister for Communication & Information Technology Gokul Prasad Baskota and the Secretary of State to the Minister for Europe and Foreign Affairs of France Jean-Baptiste Lemoyne, in Paris on March 5, 2019.
“Thales Alenia Space to support Nepal in its official entry into the space community,” NTA noted in its release.
Nepal is yet to name this very high-performance C/Ku Band satellite that is expected to be launched by 2022.
Nepal’s maiden telecom satellite
The French partner has expressed its full-fledged commitment to supporting Nepal in its telecom satellite project.
Speaking on the project, Baskota expressed hope that the project will ensure high-speed communication and internet facilities to Nepali citizens.
Elated at the partnership, Baskota stated that the partnership with Thales Alenia Space will Nepal become self-dependent and establish self-identity in space technology and to pace towards prosperity of digital Nepal.