First Indian student-made satellite to take off in April

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First student-made satellite to take off in April

MUMBAI: India's first student-made satellite
will take off from Sriharikota either on April 5 or 6, riding piggyback on ISRO's Risat satellite
until it separates and flies into its own designated orbit.

Called Anusat, the micro-student satellite will be launched by the four-stage PSLV. It has been designed and developed by 37 aerospace engineering students with the help of 10 of their teachers of the prestigious Madras Institute Of Technology, the alma mater of former President and rocket scientist A P J Abdul Kalam.

"This is the first time we are launching a satellite made by students and the idea is to motivate the younger generation to work for India's space missions," ISRO's chief spokesperson S Satish said.

Madras Institute of Technology's R Dhanraj told TOI that the satellite will operate in the low earth orbit at an altitude between 600 and 800 km. It is equipped with a "store and forward" payload and the data will be received both at the Chennai tech university as well as Pune University. The satellite will mainly be used for amateur communication purposes, providing students with a hands-on experience about space sciences and technology.

ISRO officials said the agency has been promoting the development of micro-satellites at universities to familiarise students in critical areas like structures, thermal management, controls, guidance, power systems, command and data handling and communications.

Chennai's Anna University, of which the Madras Institute of Technology is an affiliate, was the first institution in India to seriously take up ISRO's offer to design and develop a micro-satellite. IIT-Mumbai and IIT-Kanpur are also in the process of designing and developing micro-satellites.

The Anusat programme, initiated in 2002, is the brainchild of R Vasagam, former vice-chancellor of Anna University. Vasagam was previously the director of ISRO's Apple satellite project.
The Times of India
 

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This is a good step towards motivating the new generation in making critical technology; In future this will certainly help us in getting more man power in this area. Let us expect more micro satellites from more institutions from all over the country
 

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This is the way forward! The Young and Bright is the hope for India! They are India!
 

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So what all apart from "amateur communication" is this satellite capable of doing ??? Photographing camps from you-know-where ??? :D:D:D:D:D
 

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Much more than just electronic facts

'motivate the younger generation to work for India's space missions'
A sense of opportunity, involvement, exposure ....eer I am out of words
 

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keenly awaiting the launch it s very good development .


"This is the first time we are launching a satellite made by students and the idea is to motivate the younger generation to work for India's space missions," ISRO's chief spokesperson S Satish said.

cheers to isro.
 

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