Bhutan Space Week to be an annual event

Bhutan Space Week to be an annual event

The Department of Information Technology and Telecom (DITT), information and communications ministry (MoIC) will launch the Bhutan Space Week from February 17 to 23, in commemoration of the 40th birth anniversary of His Majesty the King.

Hereafter, the space week would be an annual event. 

“The space program in the country was started under the strong visionary leadership of His Majesty the King and the week is dedicated for His Majesty the King,” said Engineer, Division of Telecom and Space, DITT, Yeshey Choden.

The week would be exclusively for promotion, education, and outreach of space science and technology in the country.

Four events would be held during the week, namely a space seminar, space quiz competition, Bhutan-1 ground station operation, and space themed movie screening.

On February 17, after the launch ceremony, the invited speakers would talk about Bhutan’s young space program including the development of Bhutan’s first satellite and its operation, various space activities and applications of satellites in Bhutan and space as a driver of STEM (Science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) education among other topics.

Meanwhile, the second day would see space quiz completion that would provide opportunity for all youth in Bhutan who will be going to grade IX, X, XI, and XII this year.

Those who are eligible to participate can form a group of four each and register for the space quiz competition latest by February 8.

After the end of registration period, a preliminary screening test would be organized across Bhutan to select the top 10 teams and these teams would participate in the actual quiz competition during the Bhutan Space Week in Thimphu.

Urging the students to participate in the quiz, Yeshey Choden said their knowledge would be tested on space exploration, space science and environment, space economy, space policies and laws, space applications that are derived from space and Bhutan’s space program, humans in space, brief history of space, and astronomy.

Additionally, she said top five winners would be selected and awarded exciting prizes such as robot car development kits, personal telescopes, space books and many more.

While from February 19 to 21, guided by DITT officials, there would be live demonstration of the operation of Bhutan-1 Ground Station and actual satellite passes.

BHUTAN-1 is the first satellite of Bhutan developed by four Bhutanese engineers, which is currently in orbit and passes over Bhutan three to four times in a day for about five minutes in each pass.

Throughout the week, various space themed movies or documentaries would be screened to the public.

Thukten Zangpo from Thimphu