ISRO to launch 2 satellites this month - www.daily.bhaskar.com . . For over three years now, students from the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur (IITK) and the Chennai-based SRM University have been working on the design and development of two nano satellites. Jugnu and SRMSAT designed and developed by the IITK and SRM University, respectively, will ride piggy-back on the Indo-French Megha-Tropiques when it will be launched from the spaceport later this month. Professor Nalinaksh S Vyas, Jugnu project coordinator, told DNA that over 50 students from IITK were currently in Bangalore to give final touches to the satellite. "Final tests and integration are currently on at the ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore," he said. According to the Jugnu team, the programme development started in 2008 with a team of just three students and over time, the team has grown to 50 students drawn from I year undergraduate course to final year postgraduate courses and 14 professors from different disciplines. The main objectives of the mission are to initiate research activities for the development of MEMS- based Nano-satellite, to test new cheap solutions for the future cost-effective space missions, to set the path for future upgradations and study such validation concepts for possible upgradations. The SRMSAT is a 10 kg satellite, which has been designed and developed by SRM University's Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical, and Chemical Engineering students. The satellite will monitor green house gases in the atmosphere. ISRO has in the past launched student satellites. The space agency had launched STUDSAT, India's first pico-satellite which was developed by a consortium of seven engineering colleges from Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. It had also launched the Indo-Russian satellite YOUTHSAT for stellar and atmospheric studies earlier this year.IIT Kanpur students who are part of the project.