Dr. S. Sandya
Professor and Head,
Department of Electronics
and Communication Engineering,
Nitte Meenakshi Institute of Technology,
P.O. Box 6429, Yelahanka, Bangalore 560064.
STUDSAT-1 (STUDent SATellite), a student-initiated satellite project of PICO category, has been, for the first time, designed and developed in the country by a group of undergraduate students. The project was coordinated by Dr. Jharna Majumdar, Former Sc G DRDO and currently Dean R&D, NMIT.
The Pico Satellite, weighing less than 1 Kg, volume of 1.1 litres is designed to operate in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at an altitude of 647 Km. The payload of the satellite is a CMOS camera which was developed by students. The camera can capture images with a ground resolution of 90 meters. The satellite sends the image and telemetry data to the ground station "NASTRAC" (Nitte Amateur Satellite Tracking Centre) developed at NMIT by students. As in the case of the STUDSAT-1, development of a ground station by students has not been done earlier. The mission life of the satellite was estimated to be six months with a total development cost of Rs. 55 Lakh.
The functional objectives of the satellite is to perform remote sensing and capture images of the surface of the earth. The 90m resolution of the camera is the best resolution hitherto not achieved by any Pico Satellite in the world.
For the first time in India, a group of 30 UG students from seven different colleges located in and around Bangalore and Hyderabad have successfully built India's 1st Pico-satellite "STUDSAT" at the Satellite Integration Center located at NMIT, the lead Institute. Guidance and supervision of the project was by Dr. Jharna Majumdar, Professor CSE and Dean (R&D) at NMIT. ISRO provided support and supervision. The Pico-satellite was launched abode ISRO's PSLV-C15 on 12 July 2010 at Sriharikota. Students of NMIT who actively participated in the project have received National and International awards for their innovative research contributions. The team has created a national record by entering into LIMCA BOOK of RECORDS 2011 Edition.