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IIT-K to launch India's lightest nano satellite 'Jugnu'
« on: June 27, 2009, 08:54:12 pm »
The Indian Institute
of Technology (IIT), Kanpur has come in to agreement with the Indian
Space Research Organization (ISRO) to launch a nano satellite. It will
be the country's lightest and the institute's first satellite to be
launched in the orbit from Sriharikota.

IIT Kanpur had presented the second design review to ISRO which nodded to launch the satellite.

"Though
the memorandum of understanding between ISRO and IIT-K for the project
was signed in February, regular review sessions are being carried out
by ISRO to check the progress of the project," said Sanjay Govind
Dhande, Director, IIT Kanpur.

"On Tuesday, our technical team
working on the project apprised ISRO authorities of the release and
antenna mechanism," he said.In April, the first review of Jugnu was
carried out by ISRO.

Since last December, a team of 40 students
and around 12 professors, led by Professor and Mechanical Engineering
Department Head, Nalinaksh S Vyas have been working on the project.

"A
similar project in any European country would have cost over Rs 10
crore but we expect the entire project to complete within a budget of
Rs 2-3 crore, without compromising on quality. This is a welcome signal
for indigenous remote sensing technologies," said Vyas.

A
technical team led by D Madhav Murthy in the ISRO for Small Satellite,
has said that the procedures for informing the ISRO officials for
launch by a mother satellite has been provided, along with the details
of the positioning of the satellite antenna set up in the institute
premises.

Jugnu weighs around 3.5 kgs and would be 34 cm long and 10 cm wide. Equipped with the micro imaging and micro electronic system,
it will transfer the images to the IIT Kanpur campus. The high
resolution pictures obtained will be used for different applications
like drought monitoring, wasteland management, urban planning and flood
risk management.

"Although the stipulated life time of the
satellite is six months, we are optimistic that it will complete at
least 12 months in the orbit," said Dhandhe.  
       


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