Chinese authorities have launched a satellite made by a group of college students which has already began sending back data, the media reported on Saturday. Also Read - Facebook for Android will soon get dark mode and coronavirus tracking featureAlso Read - ISRO Spy Satellite to launch on December 11 along with 9 other satellites
Students in Nanjing University of Technology and Engineering independently developed the satellite, using commercial components, the People’s Daily reported. They named their self-made satellite Nanligong-1 – an abbreviation of the name of their college in Chinese. Also Read - Scientists develop soft contact lens that can zoom with a blink
Small but perfectly formed, the satellite contains all the necessary satellite systems, such as power structure and thermal, altitude and communications controls. The satellite – carried by a Long March-11 rocket – was successfully launched from the Jiuquan Satellite Launch Centre. It is being used for Global Maritime Automatic Identification and for demonstrating information exchanges between satellites in-orbit.