Mission typeStudent Satellite
COSPAR ID2016-040B
SATCAT no.41600Edit this on Wikidata
Mission duration5 years
Spacecraft properties
Dry mass1.5 kg
Start of mission
Launch dateJune 22, 2016
Launch siteSatish Dhawan SLP
Orbital parameters
Reference systemGeocentric
RegimeLow Earth
Perigee altitude502.9 km
Apogee altitude525.2 km
Inclination97.5 degrees

SathyabamaSat is a micro experimental satellite developed by students and faculty of Sathyabama University, Chennai to collect data on greenhouse gases (water vapor, carbon monoxide, carbon dioxide, methane and hydrogen fluoride).[1] It was launched along with the Cartosat-2C satellite atop PSLV-C34. It was launched June 22, 2016.


The development of SathyabamaSat was initiated in 2009 when ISRO and Sathyabama University signed an memorandum of understanding to support the design, development and launch of the satellite. Initially, a space technology centre was established to carry out preliminary studies about the project including advanced research in rocketry, satellites and space applications, the project was carried out with the assistance of ISRO scientists. As per the University, the objective of project was to provide development experience of compact space systems to students.[2]


The satellite uses ARGUS 1000 IR spectrometer to measure the densities of the green house gases over the region in which it moves.[3] The satellite delivers the data to the On-Board Computer (OBC) for transmission, when it crosses the radio window of ground station, which is being built in Sathyabama University premises, Chennai, India.[4]


The satellite was launched as a piggyback atop Cartosat-2C using PSLV-C34 on June 22, 2016.


  1. ^ "SATHYABAMASAT". Indian Space Research Organisation. Jun 22, 2016. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  2. ^ MADHAVAN, T. (May 3, 2016). "'Sathyabamasat' to be launched next month". Chennai. The Hindu. Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  3. ^ "SathyabamaSat (SB Sat)". Retrieved November 1, 2016.
  4. ^ "SATHYABAMASAT". Retrieved November 1, 2016.

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