Isro puts 300 dreams of Bengaluru students in orbit

Isro puts 300 dreams of Bengaluru students in orbit

Submitted by alvin on Tue, 2016-09-27 22:13 Bengaluru: Sept 26 will forever be etched in the minds of 300 students from PES University. A nano satellite developed by the university’s 300 engineering students across several batches was put into orbit by Isro’s PSLV on Monday, creating history of sorts.Weighing 5.25kg, the nano satellite named PISAT was launched alongside another satellite built by students: 10-kg Pratham by Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai. The other five satellites launched were foreign: ALSAT 1B, 2B and 1N from Algeria, Pathfinder-1 from USA and NLS-19 from Canada.For the first time, Isro made an attempt to release satellites in two different orbits using the same rocket. Both the orbits are at a slight angle to each other, but will be in polar synchronous orbits.                       PISAT was the product of five years of work. Students are from telecommunications department worked under the guidance of Prof V Sambasiva Rao, former Deputy Director at ISRO satellite centre, and Prof VK Agrawal, former group director, control systems, Isro, and various technologists and researchers. Pisat was subject to critical design and quality reviews by Isro.Pisat’s main function is to image the earth and send pictures and data to the ground station. The satellite will be in operation at an altitude of 670 km in the polar orbit.  Jeevan, a telecommunications student, who was also part of the project, said, “Working on this project was a hands-on experience. We had only heard and read about satellites. But this experience has given us a result for the efforts that we put in.” The students’ effort was also applauded by PM Narendra Modi, who tweeted: “I applaud the industrious