Want to send your satellite to space? Read this
India would be celebrating 75 years of Independence in 2022 and the government is ready with a few achievements to honour that occasion.
For one, there are steps toward space exploration and to generate interest of students in astronomy the Indian Technology Congress Association (ITCA) has conceived a plan. Up to 75 tiny satellites built by students of Indian universities could fly to the skies between late next year and 2022 in batches. The project would be called Seventy-five by 75. That is also to be the year of Gaganyaan, the first trip of Indian astronauts to space.
The ITCA, a technology promotion body based in Bengaluru, has roped in around 40 engineering colleges to form a consortium. It is also in the midst of discussing launch contracts with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and working out Israeli finance for its ‘75 Student Satellites Mission 2022’.
Students from any discipline can participate in the project and would be building nano satellites weighing between 3 and 12 kg. They may demonstrate a novel concept, science experiment, or technology in orbit. Assembling a satellite of their own, creating its ground control system, and operating the spacecraft would be a creative experience and give them an edge in the job market.
A student satellite, depending on its payload, can cost anywhere between ₹30 and ₹6 crore.