Students of IIT-B have designed the first ever student satellite ‘Pratham’. The satellite is now in the orbit and is stable.
The first ever student satellite created by the students of the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT) Bombay is live and stable in the orbit. The satellite sent a 'beacon signal' on Saturday to the ground station of the satellite located at the institute's Powai campus. The signal confirmed its functionality and stability. The satellite will now begin the data processing work for research purposes.
The student satellite, called Pratham, was first visualised in 2008. In September 2016, it was finally launched into the orbit by the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).
The current team head of the Pratham project Ratnesh Mishra, said that many HAM groups across the globe, including Brazil, Chicago, Indonesia, and Netherlands, sent signals to the satellite and received a signal confirming its functionality.
He added that now the satellite is in a stable functioning condition, the payload team will soon start work on the processing data, which will be used for research work at the satellite.