Thapar Institute students design satellite to measure air pollution in Punjab : The Tribune India

Chennai, December 11

A 25-member team made up of students and professors from the Patiala-based Thapar Institute of Engineering and Technology (TIET) hopes to launch its ThapSat nano-satellite in 2023 to measure air pollution levels around the world. state, an official said.

“In the first quarter of 2023, we hope to launch the satellite via the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) rocket. The satellite is being assembled and will be tested. Almost everything related to the ground station has been purchased “, said Dr. Rana Pratap Yadav. , Associate Professor, Electronics and Communication Engineering, told IANS.

According to Yadav, Chennai-based Data Patterns (India) Ltd will assemble and test the satellite and also install the ground station.

Tracing the history of the Rs.3.5 crore ThapSat project, he said: “Padma Bhushan A. Sivathanu Pillai is one of our board of governors members. research. I then said air pollution is a major concern in Punjab which can be monitored by satellite and then the project started.” According to Yadav, the weight of ThapSat is 10 kg and will have a lifespan of six years. It will be powered by solar energy in space.

He said the satellite bus design was set by ISRO and the payloads to track pollution levels were designed by the ThapSat team.

ISRO has launched satellites made by students from Indian educational institutions and others like Pratham (IIT Bombay), Swayam (College of Engineering, Pune), SathyabamaSat (Sathyabama University, Chennai), AnuSat (Anna University, Chennai), StudSat (manufactured by a consortium of seven engineering schools in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh), SRMSAT (SRM University), Jugnu (IIT Kanpur), Sathish Dhawan SAT/SDSAT (Space Kidz India), UnitySAT (Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur, GHRaisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur and Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore, KalamSAT V2 (Space Kidz India), NIUSAT (Noorul Isalm University, Tamil Nadu), PISAT (PES University, Bengaluru and its consortium ).

Abdul J. Gaspar