IIT-Bombay students add ISRO feather to their cap!
Satellite Pratham, built and designed by students of IIT-Bombay, to be launched soon
After eight years of painstaking efforts towards building a satellite, students of IIT-Bombay finally had their dream realised when ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation) gave its nod of approval to include it along with eight other satellites for a launch on Monday September 26, 2016. Named Pratham, the satellite will be positioned in a sun-synchronous orbit around 670 km away and will pass over India around 11.30 a.m.
The aim behind Pratham was to make IIT-Bombay a centre for space science and technology research. It weighs merely 10 kg and has been designed to fit within a cube of 30 cms. It has a life expectancy of approximately four months.
The project will also kickstart a collaboration between IIT-B and other Indian universities keen to contribute in the space sector and to share knowledge and facilities.
Ground-stations for tracking the satellite in several colleges, including the Atharva College of Engineering have been built.
The ambitious project was funded by IIT-Bombay alone. However, they collaborated with international universities like UCL, London and IPGP, Paris. Staff at ISRO provided technical help in terms of testing, guidance and the integration of the flight model of Pratham for which tests were carried out in ISAC, Bangalore and SHAR, Sriharikota.