Indian 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):
- 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.
- 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