ISRO Launched ‘Pratham’ IIT-Bombay Student’S Satellite Using PSLV [ Current Affairs - Science & Technology ]
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) successfully launched ‘Pratham’ a miniature satellite designed by IIT Bombay students. ISRO also launched seven other satellites into two different orbits in a single mission. This concluded the longest and most complex mission.
- All the satellites were launched by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle C35 (PSLV C35) from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikotta.
- Three satellites were from India, three from Algeria and one each from Canada and United States.
- 10-kg satellite designed and developed by Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay students.
- Will study the total electron count in space with a resolution of 1km x 1km.
- Constructed from aluminum alloy and has three monopoles, GPS, magnetometer, sun sensors, magnetorquers.
- Powered by Li-ion battery and four solar panels.
- Will survive at least four years in space.
- Primary payload of satellite with 371 kg weight.
- Placed in polar sun synchronous orbit with 730 kilometer height.
- Will collect data for weather forecasting for oceans and cyclone detection and tracking through wind-vector products.
- Will have life of five years.
- Designed by the Bengaluru’s PES University students.
- 5.25-kg in weight.
- Will take pictures of earth for remote sensing applications.
Three Algerian Satellites
- Alsat-1B (103 kg)
- Alsat-2B (110 kg)
- Alsat Nano (7 kg).
- Will be used for remote sensing, earth observation, and technology demonstration.
- Black Sky’s satellite from US
- 44 kg in weight.
- Its high resolution imaging microsatellite.
- Developed by Toronto University of Canada.
- A nano-satellite with 8 kg weight.
- Used for the experiments aimed at reducing space debris.
- Published on: September 27, 2016