Sunday, July 11, 2010

STUDSAT Satellite By Under Graduate Indian Students


                      Studsat is a satellite conceptualized and currently being designed by undergraduate students across India. It is a pico-satellite and first of its kind in India. If realized successfully this will be the smallest satellite ever launched by any Indian organization. The mission is experimental in nature and the major objective is for the students to have a first- hand experience in the design, fabrication and realization of a space mission with minimal costs. The mission life is fixed to be six months. The uniqueness of this project is it has been initiated by students and managed mostly by students.
The project was initiated by a bunch of four students from different Engineering colleges in Hyderabad and Bangalore, who attended the International Astronautical Congress, 2007, Hyderabad, India,after meeting the Project Directors of Small Satellites,ISRO Satellite Centre at the congress. From then on,the team expanded slowly,ultimately completing the conceptual design. The financial Budget Analysis was made. The students then approached the managements of their respective colleges for sponsorship. The colleges,delighted with the idea of small student satellite approached Indian Space Research Organization for a preliminary review. ISRO scientists approved the preliminary design review after having a set of meetings with detailed presentations by the students. As time passed,the team expanded to around 45 students from 10 different colleges. Out of the 10 colleges,7 colleges formed as a group in order to sponsor the project financially. They have signed an internal MOU among themselves and chose Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore as representative college to sign official MOU with ISRO.

Studsat Consortium

Studsat consortium consists of seven Engineering colleges from Hyderabad and Bangalore,who have formed a team and signed an MOU among themselves in order to sponsor the project financially.The Studsat consortium consists of following colleges.

Description

The satellite resembles a small cube of size (10 cm x 10 cm x 13.5 cm), weighing just about 850 gm and has a volume of 1.1 litres. The satellite is intended to be launched in 700 km Sun-synchronous orbit. The satellite will perform the function of a remote sensing satellite and take images of earth’s surface with a resolution of 90 metres, the best achieved by any “PICO” category satellite in the world. The tiny satellite consists of the following subsystems
Apart from the above a Ground Station has been designed in order to communicate with the satellite. The Ground Station has already been established in Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology, Bangalore. All the above subsystems have been indigenously designed by the students.
STUDSAT is going to be launched on July 11th from Sriharikota. The launch vehicle is PSLV C-15
Credits: This article is imported from www.teamstudsat.com for quick access and sharing of this honorable work by Indian students. 
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1 comments:

Anonymous said...

I really appreciate the effort. The point is lot work was done by many students / prof / scientist. There could have been a documentary on this which can explain in detail of various phases that it undergone. Like we used to see many good inspirational BBC/Discov documentaries, this also could have been a good candidate in that line. I want to take this story to my school and show, but i'm not having much data/info.

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