“Pratham” The first satellite Programme started by students in the country, after a Memorandum of Understanding was signed by the Institute and Indian Research
Space Organisation that was initiated in 2007, is all set to launch in coming September.
Satellite “Pratham” is the brainchild of two IIT-Bombay students that can fit in a 26*26*26 cm cube and will weigh 9.8Kg. This entire student project was mentored by ISRO scientists and IIT Bombay Faculty. Finally after much awaited nine years, the satellite will be finally launched with ISRO’s main satellite ScatSat and few other satellites on board a four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
The satellite, will be placed at an altitude of 720 km, and the main function of this satellite is to measure the electron count of the ionosphere which can be used for Tsunami alerts and also to increase the accuracy of Global Positioning System in India. The project manager Ratnesh Mishra, a final year IIT-B aerospace student, told The Times of India that one ground station for monitoring the satellite will be set up at IIT and another at Atharva College in Malad. An eight-member team from IIT will be positioned at Sriharikota for pre-launch activities. IIT and another at Atharva College in Malad. An eight-member team from IIT will be positioned at Sriharikota for pre-launch activities.