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The Speech That Inspired the Studsat Satellite Project


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StudSat satellite

The StudSat PSLV-C15 vehicle measuring 10 x 10 x 11.3 cm was launched from Sriharikota Space Center in India on Monday.

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A little over than three years ago, D.V.A. Raghava Murthy, Project Director, Small Satellites Projects, ISRO Satellite Centre, Bangalore, India, was telling a group of college students what a fascinating subject space was and why students should develop an interest in it. His speech was so inspiring that at the end of the meeting a group of students asked him why ISRO should not help them build a satellite.

Thus began the story of Studsat, a tiny satellite that was built by 35 students belonging to four engineering colleges in Bangalore and three in Hyderabad. Studsat was put in orbit on Monday (July 12).

Studsat is a pico satellite with several frontline technologies in it. The students had built a clean room to test the satellite and a ground station in Bangalore to receive signals. "Studsat is part of the encouragement given by the ISRO to colleges and universities to study space technology and learn how to build, nano, micro and pico satellites," Raghava Murthy said.

From The Hindu
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