The students of Indian Institute of Technology of Madras are almost done working on their satellite and it will soon be 100 percent ready for rigorous testing. The team of IIT Madras is right now in the final phase of completing the nanosatellite which weighs 12 kilograms.
There is just one test that the satellite has to clear. It is called the Qualification Model (QM), after which it will be handed over to Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for further testing.
The entire satellite is made by the students of IIT Madras from the scratch and the project is called IITMSAT. It is expected that during its first-year mission, the Space-based Proton and Electron Energy Detector (SPEED) on board the satellite will collect and transmit data about electrons and protons present in the Earth’s upper ionosphere.
The satellite will detect and measure the count rates of high energy protons and electrons and the data collected by IITMSAT could throw more light onto the hypothesis that there is an assumed correlation between bursting of particles prior to an earthquake.
Akshay Gulati who is the Project Officer of IITMSAT and oldest student member told the reporters that he and other students are working on the satellite’s transmitter as it was found faulty during testing.
David Koilpillai who is the Faculty Coordinator said that they will give the satellite to ISRO which will further test the on vibration, thermal protection and vacuum.