Monday, November 09, 2009

Indian students design remote sensing satellite

A team of engineering students from southern India have been designing a small light-weight satellite that is set to be sent into space soon. The Indian Space Research Organization is supporting the project in the hope that it will encourage more students to be more interested in space technology.

About 40 students, mostly engineering under-graduates from seven top colleges in Bangalore and Hyderabad are working together at Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology in Bangalore.

Under the guidance of the research organization, the students hope to build one of the smallest satellites ever designed. It will be used for remote-sensing applications. It will orbit the earth at an altitude of 700 kilometers and will send 30 minutes of data everyday.

The students have already built a master-control ground station to track the location of the satellite in space. The satellite is expected to be launched before the end of the year through the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle.

Once the satellite is launched and placed in its final orbit, all its systems will be monitored by the students themselves.


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