IIT Bombay Student Satellite Program
Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Bombay can now boast of the rare privilege of being one of the very few universities worldwide to have successfully launched its own satellite. Christened Pratham, being IIT Bombay's first foray into space technology, the satellite's payload was to produce data on the total electron count in the atmosphere, used for applications like GPS correction. Planned, designed, built and tested exclusively by the students, with guidance from Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and IITB faculty, the completely autonomous satellite Pratham took IIT Bombay into the elite space club on 26th September 2016, when it was launched by ISRO on board the PSLV-C 35.
After launching the first satellite, the team invested time in developing the concept for its second satellite, Advitiy which means 'Second to None'. Advitiy was being designed to be the lightest actively controlled 1U CubeSat. The payload for this mission was to transmit stored and uplinked images via SSTV. In addition to this, the team aimed to create low-cost receivers which could be used to receive these images. During the mission design, the team worked on designing the antenna deployment system. A closed-loop simulation framework was developed to aid the design of Attitude Determination and Controls Subsystem. In parallel to this, the team worked on the wiki, a systematic and organized compilation of the knowledge and the experience gained by the team through the journey of Pratham, IIT Bombay's first student satellite.
After the announcement of opportunity for ISRO's PSLV Stage 4 Orbital Platform, the team decided to pause work on Advitiy and carry forward development of Antenna Deployment System along with other suitable CubeSat subsystems whose indigenous development will be of relevance. With this objective Antenna Deployment System and Star Tracker based Attitude Determination System are being developed. They are aimed to be tested on the Orbital Platform of stage 4 of PSLV.
The team is also working on a lunar mission called The Great Lunar Expedition for Everyone (GLEE) which is an initiative by the University of Colorado Boulder to deploy 500 five-gram LunaSats, one of which will be designed by us, to the lunar surface to conduct local and distributed science missions. Inspired from NASA’s Apollo Moon landings 50 years ago, GLEE will be a catalyst for a new generation of space missions and explorers.
The Ham Radio Club, IIT Bombay is also part of IITBSSP, which aims to maintain a functional ground station and encourage amateur radio activities in the institute. It organises an annual Groundstation Workshop for engineering colleges around the country to encourage them to set up their own ground station.
From left to right:
Bottom row: Tanmay Patil, Anirudh Singhal, Yogesh Poonia, Ajay Dangi, Neelanchal Maurya, Alok Kumar, Hemil Kothari, Chitrangna Bhatt, Sukanya Kudva.
Second Row: Keshav Janyani, Kushal Yadav, Aditya Patki, Rohit Engla, Karthik Suresh, Riya Singh, Sagar Kumar, Manu Srivastava, Nived Kodavali.
Third Row: Dhrumil Shah, Chaitanya Jain, Ravit Anand, Anuj Kuruwa, Virul Katla, Shashank Verma, Ram Milan Verma, Abhishek Patil, Mrunal Chavan.
Top Row: Om Kolhe, Anmol Sikka, Aniruddha Ranade, Yash Sanghvi, Akshay Khadse, Sumit Agrawal, Sanket Chirame, Anant Joshi.
To know more about the team, please visit: IIT Bombay Student Satellite Team
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