The IIT Bombay Student Satellite Project is a landmark project taken up by IIT Bombay students. The objective of this project is to make IIT Bombay a respected centre for advancement in Satellite and Space Technology in the world. The project aims at launching at least 5 satellites within the next few years. These Satellites could be test-beds for new technology that is being developed in the institute and also a method for space qualification. Click here to view enlarged image
'Pratham' is the first satellite under this project. The plan is to build a fully functional microsatellite in less than three years which would then be launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). This is entirely a student initiative with mentorship provided by ISRO scientists and IIT Bombay Faculty. The satellite will fit in a 30*30*30 cm cube and will weigh less than 15 kg. Click here to view the Mission Statement of 'Pratham'.
Weight: 10 kgs
Size: 260mm X 260mm X 260mm
Payload: Measuring TEC
Orbit: 10:30 polarsun-synchronous, 817km altitude
Downlink: 437.455MHz and 145.98MHz
Uplink at 437.455 MHz
Mission Life: 4 months
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Exploded view of the satellite is shown below.
Sanyam Suhas Mulay and Jhonny Santosh Jha
Pratham, IIT Bombay Student Satellite Project