Indian Space Station
Published on 26 August 2011
An initiative from SRM university students
"The scientific objective of SRMSAT is to monitor green house gases in Near Infrared region 900 nm - 1700 nm"SRMSAT
A group of 54 engineering students from SRM university have designed a 10-kg nanosatellite to monitor greenhouse gases (GHG) that the Indian space agency is planning to launch between September-October, 2011. The SRMSAT is the first Nanosatellite of SRM University.
The students from the SRM University have been working on the project 'SRMSAT' since 2008. The satellite weighing just 10 kg is being developed under the guidance of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) at a cost of 1 crore. The conception of SRMSAT dates back to August 2008 when the vision of launching a student satellite was put forward at a seminar taken by eminent space scientist D. Raghav Murthy.
SRMSAT team talking about their work
With climate change becoming a cause of serious concern globally, the satellite will monitor GHG - mainly carbon dioxide - in the atmosphere in the near infrared region (900nm to 1700nm). A grating spectrometer is employed for monitoring earth-based sources and sinks of anthropogenic and natural sources of GHG. The 15 watt satellite is planning to use the bands 145.8MHz for the up-link and 434.5MHz for the down-link. The design is a Nano Bus which can support different future missions. The satellite orbit is 98 degrees.
The students from 12 disciplines of engineering in the university have been working closely with the ISRO to develop the nanosatellite.
It could be easily seen that the students are dedicated to building the satellite. They stay in the research laboratory till midnight to work on the nanosatellite. They are wholly involved in the project, right from procuring components to assembling and testing the satellite. It's their baby and an outcome of their hard work.
The university has signed a memorandum of understanding with the national space agency for the project. SRMSat was launched along with Meghatropics on-board PSLV-C18 on October 12, 2011 from Sriharikota. The team is working under the able guidance of Mr. M. Loganathan, former ISRO scientist.