StudSat-2

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StudSat-2 (STUDent SATellite-2) is a nanosatellite under development with Studsat-2 Consortium and Visvesvaraya Technological University (VTU) for proving the concept of Inter-satellite link (ISL). The Twin-Satellites STUDSAT-2A and STUDSAT-2B weighing less than 10 kg (22 lb) are of dimensions 30×30×15 cm. The main goal of the StudSat-2 project is to develop a low-cost small satellite, capable of operating small scientific or technological payloads where real time connectivity is provided by inter-satellite links.

Team STUDSAT is coming up with another milestone, Project STUDSAT-2, India's First Twin Nano Satellite Mission to prove Inter Satellite Communication. The student group which was inspired by the Project STUDSAT-1 are the pioneers to this project. Project STUDSAT-2 consisting of two Nano Satellites STUDSAT 2A & 2B has multiple cutting edge technologies. The satellites are in along-the-track constellation architecture with the STUDSAT-2A sending position and velocity data to the STUDSAT-2B through Inter Satellite Link.

Objectives

Primary

  1. To demonstrate In-Orbit Separation Mechanism for STUDSAT 2A/2B.
  2. To design, develop and implement Drag Sail technology in STUDSAT 2B for de-orbiting.
  3. To demonstrate Inter Satellite Communication.
  4. To demonstrate Solar Panel and Antenna Deployment mechanism in a Nano satellite.
  5. To capture images of Earth with a CMOS multispectral camera.

Secondary

  1. To create a modular architecture of small satellite which can be used in future missions.
  2. To demonstrate satellite development by a team of under graduate students from seven engineering colleges.
  3. To promote space technology in educational institutions and encourage research and development in miniaturized satellites.
  4. To bridge the gap between academic institutes, research organizations and industries.

Studsat-2 consortium

Studsat-2 consortium consists of seven Engineering colleges across South India bound by an MOU in order to sponsor the project financially. The consortium comprises following colleges.

Description

The Twin-Nano satellite prototype resembles a small rectangular cube, with traditional length dimensions of (30 cm x 30 cm x 30 cm), weighing between almost 8.5kg to 9.5kg, and a volume of 8L to 9L. The satellite is built with harmonial working of the following subsystems

A Ground Station[1] has been designed in order to communicate with the satellite. The Ground Station NASTRAC (Nitte Amateur Satellite Tracking Centre) which is established in NMIT was inaugurated by Dr K. Radhakrishnan, the Ex-Chairman of ISRO.[2] All the above subsystems are designed by students indigenously.

See also

References

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2010-04-19. Retrieved 2010-03-31.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Students' satellite project all set to take off". The Hindu. Chennai, India. 2 April 2010.

External links

  • https://web.archive.org/web/20111014133438/http://nmit.ac.in/Centerforsmallsatellite.aspx?LinkId=407