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IIST Student Micro-Satellite Program

IIST Student Micro-Satellite Program

The IIST,Thiruvananthapuram, was started with an aim to create the future space scientists required for Indian space program to reach new heights. The institute was inaugurated almost three years back in Sept 14, 2007. In keeping up with the goals, the first batch of IIST (will graduate in July, 2011) is already working on some interesting student projects.  The students are working on a micro-satelite project in association with ISRO. ISRO is doing a great job in promoting many student satellite project among Indian student community.


Unfortunately, our corrospondent was not able to get any detailed information about the project upon contacting the institute  faculty multiple times. We hope to update this article in the near future with more technical information.

YouthSat

YouthSat
(Indo-Russian Collaboration)

In a bid to inculcate interest in space-related activities among the younger generation, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will soon launch a micro satellite named ‘YOUTHSAT’. The project is jointly being  developed in collaboration with M.V. Lomonosov Moscow state university, Russia. YouthSat was initially proposed by Dr. ABJ Kalam during his visit to Russia during 2005.  It is the second satellite in the micro satellite series being launched by ISRO.

Objectives

  • To study solar radiation
  • To provide hands-on experience to student in space experiments and data-processing.
  • To create a common platform for aerospace students across the world to jointly conduct experiments in space for the benefit of future generations and humanity as a whole.

StudSat - Student Satellite

StudSat - Student Satellite

This is a project with different kind of experience for students. StudSat, Student Satellite, is a student satellite program jointly developed by institutes in Bangalore and Hyderabad. It is the first Pico-satellite of India. Even, ISRO is yet to launch its first Pico-satellite. One of the major characteristics of any Pico-satellite is the weight which is usually less than 1 kg.

There are around 45 students presently working on the project. The project is initiated and managed completely by students. Also, the team won Hans Von Muldau Award for the best team project awarded by International Astronautical Federation.


Demo of a pico-satellite

Aeolus

Aeolus

Aeolus means god of the winds in Greek mythology. A team of students from PES College, Bangalore designed Aeolus as part of the SAE aero design competition-2009. The team secured 13th position overall in the tough competition with participants from all over the world. Also, their design had the shortest takeoff distance in the entire competition. The weight of the plane was 5 kg and it could lift 7 kg. Previously, the project Vyoma (RV college of Engineering, Bangalore) won the 18th position in the SAE aero design competition in 2008.

aerolus

Fig. Aeolus

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