Thapar Institute students design satellite to measure air pollution in Punjab, Energy News, ET EnergyWorld

Air pollution

Chennai: A 25-member team including students and professors from the Patiala-based Thapar Institute of Engineering & Technology (TIET) hope to launch its ThapSat nano-satellite in 2023 to measure air pollution levels in the state, one 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. , an associate professor of electronics and communications engineering told IANS.

According to Yadav, Chennai-based company 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 the members of our board of governors. In a meeting with the faculty, he asked a research proposal. 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 design of the satellite bus was set by ISRO and the payloads for tracking pollution levels were designed by the ThapSat team.

ISRO has launched satellites made by students of Indian educational institutions and others like Pratham (IIT Bombay), Swayam (College of Engineering, Pune), SathyabamaSat (Sathyabama University, Chennai), AnuSat (Anna University , Chennai), StudSat (produced 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 ).

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