Some students at the Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering and Technology made a satellite for the Indian Space Research Organization ( ISRO ). The total cost to develop and design the satellite is Rs 2.5 crore. On the 28th January 2021, the Chairman of ISRO Dr. R Sivan inaugurated the satellite.
Dr. Thangavel, Chairman of the institute said on Wednesday that 12 students collaborated with ISRO and developed ‘SriShaktiSat’. This was inspired by the formation of the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June last year.
He added that Sri Shakti Sat ground station was installed in collaboration with the Serbia-based Community for the Space Programme Development. Thus, the institute qualified to become a member of the Satellite Networked Open Ground Station (SATNOGS) project.
The technologies for the low earth orbit satellite ground stations will be provided by the SATNOGS. Dr. Thangavel continued that the Srishaktisat weighs only 460 grams. However, it has capabilities equal to any nanosatellite of weight up to 10 kgs.
The usage of the satellite will be a technology demonstrator in space for inter-satellite communication for the Internet of Things.
He added that in February after the inauguration, the college will hand over the satellite to ISRO.