Onkar Batra, a 12th-standard student from Jammu, has launched a nano-satellite with the help of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
Batra, a student at BSF Senior Secondary School Jammu, has developed India’s first open-source satellite, InQube. This satellite, prepared under the banner of Paradox Sonic Space Research Agency, will be launched this month.
The satellite has been developed with nanotechnology and weighs one kilogram. Its launch in India cost Rs. 20 to 80 lakh. The price in foreign countries is into crores of rupees.
In an interview, Batra said that the satellite has two missions: to check whether such a lightweight satellite can work in space and to look at the temperature to help researchers know what the weather conditions are going to be like.
Batra, who is also the Chief Executive Officer of Batra Technology, received the National Bal Shakti Award from the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, for creating an interactive website for COVID-19. He created his first website when he was seven years old, making him earn a place in the Guinness Book of World Records as the world’s youngest Webmaster (male). The school boy is also the world’s youngest theoretical author, as he wrote the book, When The Time Stops at the age of 12.