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ISRO to launch “Sri Shakti Sat”, a Satellite developed by College Students

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Students of college in Coimbatore develop 'SriShaktiSat' satelliteIndian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) is planning to launch ‘Sri Shakti Sat’ a satellite that was developed by 12 college students with inputs from ISRO. This satellite will be launched into outer space by Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV)-C51 on February 28, 2021.

About ‘Sri Shakti Sat’:

  • Developed by students of Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology at a cost of Rs. 2.5 Crores.
  • It is a Nano Satellite, weighing just 460 gms.
  • Functions – Perform Internet of Things (IoT) in Space and Inter Satellite Communication.
  • Launched under Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN–SPACe).
  • Along with 2 other satellites developed by 2 other institutions (at chennai & Nagpur), ISRO will launch them in its UNITYSat.

Note- The institute became a member of the Satellite Networked Open Ground Station (SATNOGS) project (Serbia based space program) and established a Ground station.

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About Indian National Space Promotion and Authorisation Centre (IN–SPACe):

  1. IN–SPACe acts as a link between ISRO and private sector companies (including educational institutes), focusing on core activity of research and development in Space technology.
  2. Established in June 2020, as an Independent agency under the Department of Space.

Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO): 
Chairman– Kailasavadivoo (K) Sivan
Headquarters– Bangalore, Karnataka