Kerala microsat to piggyback with ISRO payload in 2016

Kerala microsat to piggyback with ISRO payload in 2016

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India: A 15-kg microsatellite developed by students and faculty of Noorul Islam University in Kerela will ride piggy back on an ISRO payload on a PSLV in March 2016. The microsat, called NIUSAT-Keralshree, will aid in agricultural resource monitoring applications, focusing especially on the Indian state of Kerala. The spacecraft will transfer data for free to the state government's disaster management authority, agriculture department and department of science and technology. Dr A E Muthunayagam, program director, said, “The optical payload in NIUSAT is capable of remote land-based observations. The satellite would pass over the ground station thrice a day and all the three frequencies – UHF, VHF and S band, will be used to receive data. We expect the satellite to have a lifespan of more than a year.”

Source: ToI