Skip to comments.ISRO opens a big door of opportunity in space tech for students
Posted on 07/12/2010 10:22:35 AM PDT by James C. Bennett
Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C15) of ISRO has successfully placed 5 satellites. The advanced CARTOSAT - 2B is the major payload accompanied by four auxiliary satellites.
The interesting part of this launch is, particularly for Indian engineering academics is one of the satellite called STUDSAT, a pico-satellite weighing less than 1 kg, is made by students from a consortium of seven engineering colleges in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh. Few days back ISRO had launched RH200 rocket carrying payload developed by students from Vellore Institute of Technology University (VITU).
This is clearly a big opportunity for space technology addicts, so they can now get involved in space technology while studying in the college itself without working in ISRO.
India's ambitions of developing a successful commercial space program received a boost Monday with the successful launch of five satellites into orbit.
The domestically-built Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle put the five satellites into space from the Sriharikota space center on India's east coast. The satellites included an advanced remote sensing satellite and small satellites from Algeria, Canada and Switzerland.
The head of the Indian Space Research Organization, K. Radhakrishnan called it a perfect launch.
"I am extremely happy to say, we had excellent flight," he said.
Indian space scientists hail Monday's launch as an example of advances being made by the country's space program. Officials said they are also making progress to master a more complex technology which will make it possible to launch heavier satellites.
The country has been competing to get a larger share of a multi-billion dollar market for launching commercial satellites, offering launch services at cheaper rates than the United States or Russia.
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