Bangalore, India: The country’s smallest satellite, StudSat, made by students of seven engineering colleges was handed over to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) by Governor HR Bharadwaj on Saturday.
StudSat, the collaborative project, involving engineering colleges from Bangalore and Hyderabad, is all set to be launched in the middle of May with other satellites by ISRO. TK Alex, director of ISRO space centre said, “This is a good example for other colleges. Colleges fill their libraries with books with whatever funds they have. But these colleges have gone further by investing in space technology”.
Speaking on the occasion, Dr UR Rao, formed ISRO chairman, hailed the success of the students’ project. He said, “Only youths today can dare to dream and so they have to be encouraged to dream”. The ground station for this project, Nastrac (Nitte Amateur Satellite Tracking Centre) is at the Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology (NMIT), Bangalore. The centre can communicate with about 250 amateur satellites and the ground team can get telemetry data sent by other satellites, said Chetan Angadi, a student involved in the project.
StudSat has been designed, developed and fabricated by students with support from the members of ISRO. Weighing just one kg, the pico satellite is designed to operate in low-earth orbit (LEO) at an altitude of 680 km.
The satellite was developed by undergraduates of NMIT, RV College of Engineering, MS Ramaiah Institute of Technology and BMS College of Engineering in Bangalore and Chaitanya Bharathi Institute of Technology, Institute of Aeronautical Engineering and Vignan Institute of Technology and Science in Hyderabad.