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Anusat to be launched in September

Chennai, India, 14 February 2007 – Anusat, a micro-satellite developed by Anna University, will be launched using the PSLV rocket in September, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman G Madhavan Nair said recently. “We are encouraging such programmes which help institutions make test satellites,” Madhavan Nair told reporters on the sidelines of a book release function in Chennai.

The 50-kg micro-satellite is being designed and fabricated by Anna University’s academicians and students as part of a project sponsored by ISRO. Anusat carries a digital “store and forward” payload for amateur communications. Nair further said tests of the indigenously developed cryogenic engine would be conducted again from next month.