ISRO to Launch IIT Kanpur's Nanosat

by CXOtoday Staff    Aug 03, 2009

In a remarkable piece of technological achievement, a group of students of the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur has designed and developed a nanosatellite to provide real-time data on drought, flood, vegetation and forestation.

The satellite, to be named Jugnu , will be handed over to ISRO, which is expected to launch it by the end of the year.

Unlike satellites, nanosatellites (also called nanostats) are not based on nanotechnology and are small in size, which makes them affordable, and opens up potential for a swarm of satellites.

"This satellite will have specific function of sending imagery on ground conditions. We will set up a tracking station in our institute where we will get the real-time data on drought, flood, vegetation and forestation," Prof S G Dhande, director of IIT Kanpur, said.

He added, "There will be no dedicated launch of this satellite. These kinds of satellites are launched from the belly of large satellites."

This satellite is not geosynchronous and will have low earth orbit. The data can be accessed when the satellite will be visible from the tracking station, Dhande said. The satellite, costing Rs 2.5 crore, will have a mass of less than 10 kg.

IIT Kanpur embarked on this project after ISRO started accepting satellites developed by other countries and universities. The team, comprising 20 students, was headed by Santanu Agrawal, an M Phil student.