CubeSats: Nepal's Future in Natural Disaster Prevention System
[Ever since starting this blog in early 2012, I have dedicated a lot of time writing about soju, some more soju and not much to things that actually matter. This maiden engineering post, as I shall call it, will touch on current development on Cubical Satellites and why this could actually be the way forward if Nepal is to find its own way to prevent damage from natural disasters. If interested, you can download the full text by clicking on the link provided below.]
A 1U CubeSat. Photo Credits: Aalborg University
CubeSats (Cubical Satellites) could hold the key to Nepal’s future development of natural disaster prevention systems. These satellites were first launched in United States of America back in the end of 20th Century. Though its development was initially oriented to cater the need for research and development at educational institutions, the technology could have far reaching real life scientific implications not only to developed countries but also to developing countries who have limited financial resources and technological prowess. Since CubeSats can be developed at low-cost and within a very short time frame, it is possible that continuous surveillance system can be established to check on the natural and anthropogenic disasters such as Earthquake, Monsoon Floods, Draught and Glacial Lake Outburst Floods economically. The beauty of CubSats lies in the fact that this technology is open sourced and is based on OTS (Off-the Shelf) hardware components. This might well be Nepal’s way into space with the integration of already available geospatial technologies.