Pratham Goes Global

nasa logo On 18th March 2009, Pratham received appreciation from Dr Michael Griffin, American physicist, aerospace engineer and the former Administrator of NASA. Here's an excerpt from the email he sent to us:

That's an awesome project the kids at IIT-Bombay are doing. I am most impressed. When I was in college, I was building radios -- not satellites! I wish them all the best. I don't think they need "luck". My two visits to India have left me more than a little impressed with Indian aerospace engineers.

I truly hope to visit again in some new capacity!

All the best.


boeing_logo Boeing has shown immense interest in student projects going on in IIT Bombay. As a part of this initiative, Boeing has provided substantial funding for student projects. Pratham, being the frontrunner project, has received a large chunk of the funding provided to IIT Bombay. This funding has been used for procurement of components necessary for the satellite. We are thankful to Boeing for their support.

Boeing On 7th August 2009, Dr Madhavan Nair, the then Chairman of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) had visited Aerospace Department, IIT Bombay. He was presented a brief overview of the progress of the Pratham Team and the way ahead for Pratham. He was immensely impressed with Pratham's progress, and assured us of ISRO's support in our endeavours. The Memorandum of Understanding beween ISRO and IIT Bombay about the support and launch of Pratham was signed on 29th Sept 2009.

MNair Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay had the opportunity to visit the 60th International Astronautical Congress held in city of Daejeon at South Korea from 12th to 16th October. The Opening Ceremony included a welcome speech from the President of the Republic of Korea, Mr. Lee Myung-bak. Saptarshi was fortunate to meet many Heads of Space Agencies that participated in IAC 2009. To the right is Dr. G. Madhavan Nair, Chairman, Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India. At the bottom left is Dr. Charles Bolden, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), United States. At the bottom right is Dr. Jean-Jacques Dordain, Director General, European Space Agency (ESA).
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Pratham Team has entered into a collaboration with Institut de Physique du Globe de Paris (IPGP), France; according to which Pratham shall switch on both the onboard transmitters over Paris. In return, IPGP shall share the TEC data collected over France and store Pratham Satellite’s TEC data at their TEC data storage facility. IPGP shall also help Pratham team in designing the Payload and processing Pratham Satellite’s TEC data. In this regard, Mr. Pierdavide Coïsson visited IITB in December 2009. Mr. Pierdavide Coïsson and Dr. Olivier Robert from IPGP, France came to IITB from 4th July to 10th July 2010 for discussions with Pratham team. They are accompanied by Ms. Marie Arnoux, Ms. Ingrid Blanchard, Mr. Boris Robert and Mr. Loïc Viens, students from Université Paris Diderot, France. The interaction across countries and discussions is helping both the teams enormously. Similarly Mr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Ms. Haripriya, Mr. Jhonny Jha, Ms. Deepika Thakur and Mr. Sanyam Mulay ahd the opportunity to visit Paris in the first week of October 2010 and enjoy a wonderful time with the French team. It is felt such cross-country exchanges not only make the project stronger and gives it more exposure but also enriches the students with unique learning opportunities.

iac 2010Two papers about Pratham were presented at the International Astronautical Congress 2010 held in Prague from 27th Sept to 1st Oct 2010. It is a very proud moment for the student team that their work is being recognised at the international level. Five students from IITB, namely Mr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Ms. Haripriya, Mr. Jhonny Jha, Ms. Deepika Thakur and Mr. Sanyam Mulay attended the conference at Prague. The two papers are:


1. Mr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Ms. Haripriya Mukundarajan, Mr. Sanyam Mulay, Mr. Mayank Chaturvedi, Mr. Mihir Patel, Mr. Sanket Diwale, Mr. Ankit Shah, Mr. Giri Prashant Subramanian, Mr. Anirudh Subramanyam, Ms. Kanwalpreet Kaur, Ms. M. Dhanasree, Mr. Avnish Kumar, Mr. Kumara Raja Eedara, "System Engineering and Integration of Pratham, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay's first Student Satellite", Proceedings of the 61st IAC (International Astronautical Congress), Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2010, IAC-10.B4.1.8

2. Mr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Mr. Jhonny Jha, Mr. Ashish Goel, Ms. Deepika Thakur, Mr. Kartavya Neema, Mr. Manas Rachh, Mr. Nitish Reddy, Mr. Srujan Meesla, Mr. Subhasis Das, "Measurement of Total Electron Count of the Ionosphere and the Social Goal of Pratham, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay's first Student Satellite", Proceedings of the 61st IAC (International Astronautical Congress), Prague, Czech Republic, Sept. 27-Oct. 1, 2010, IAC-10.B4.2.4

ISSSC Pratham Team published its first paper at the Indian Small Satellite Systems Conference (ISSSC) held on 28th April 2010 at ISAC, Bangalore. The paper was titled Introduction to Pratham, IIT Bombay's Student Satellite Project. The paper is coauthored by Mr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay, Mr. Jhonny Jha, Ms. Haripriya M., Mr. Ameya Damle, Ms. Deepika Thakur, Mr. Sanyam Mulay, Mr. Prashant Sachdeva, Mr. Jaideep Joshi, Mr. Vaibhav Unhelkar, Mr. Yashovardhan Chati, Mr. Mayank Chaturvedi, Mr. Niranjan Parab, Mr. Manas Rachh, Mr. Shashank Tamaskar, Mr. Mallesh Bommanahal, Mr. Ashish Goel, Mr. Kartavya Neema, Mr. Subhasis Das, Mr. Vishnu Sresht, Mr. Ramnath Pai, Mr. Ankit Chiplunkar

iaa_banner The paper on "Design of Groundstation and Polarization measurement setup and the social goal of Pratham" by Jhonny, Deepika, Kartavya, Tushar, Manas and Saptarshi has been selected for the 1st IAA Conference on University Satellites Missions and Cubesat Workshop in Roma, Italy from 24th to 29th January 2011. Manas Rachh presented the paper on our behalf.

iac2011 The paper on "Design of data acquisition, collection, processing and archiving system for Pratham" by Jhonny, Deepika, Tushar and Pushkar has been selected for presentation at the International Astronautical Congress 2011 at Cape Town, South Africa. Tushar Jadhav has received financial support from IITB for attending the conference. Congratulations!