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SNIST Students Develop SREESAT-1 to Study Atmospheric Effects on Earth’s Environment

Published: | August 06, 2019

Students from the Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology have launched a balloon-based monitoring system that will help in recording and analysing data regarding the atmospheric effects on the environment.

As part of their summer internship programme, a team of 25 students from the Sreenidhi Institute of Science and Technology (SNIST) have come forward to build SREESAT-1. It is a balloon-based monitoring system which has been launched at the TATA Institute of Fundamental Research campus in Hyderabad.

As per sources, SREESAT-1 is a combined effort of 25 students from the Institute. The entire project cost the students a total of Rs. 25,000. Sources added that the students had launched the SREESAT-1 early in the morning at 2:35 a.m. It had been hauled via a zero-pressure balloon carrying as a payload.

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After the launch of the project on the earth’s atmosphere, the balloon was capable of rising to a height of 18 kilometres, where it was able to stay in flight for 50 minutes. After the project objective had been completed, the flight had been brought to an end. The basic aim of the project has been to study the different “atmospheric effects” on Earth’s environment. Information received from the students from the institute state that the data that will be recorded from the system will be decoded with the help of MATLAB and will be analysed as well.

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As per official notices, SREESAT-1 is capable of calculating different atmospheric parameters such as the temperature, pressure, humidity, ultraviolet as well as infrared violation. Along with calculating various atmospheric parameters, SREESAT-1 was also fitted with GPS which provides the users with the time and the location of the system. The system also comes equipped with a storage capacity of recording four hours of data aboard the system.

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