India launches ‘world’s lightest satellite’ into space


India has launched what it says is the world’s lightest satellite ever to be put into orbit.

Weighing only 1.26kg (2.6lb), the Kalamsat-V2 was made by students belonging to a space education firm.

It will help ham radio operators and “inspire schoolchildren to become the scientists and engineers of the future”, India’s space agency says.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) launched the satellite from its Sriharikota space centre.

Isro chief K Sivan has claimed that “Kalamsat is the lightest satellite to be ever built and launched into orbit”.

It is also the first to be built by a private Indian firm and launched by Isro.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi was among the first to congratulate the space agency and the students on the successful launch.