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Students of SRM University explaining the features of SRMSAT to be launched along with Megha-Tropiques satellite, on board PSLV-C18, to university president P. Sathyanarayanan and Chancellor T.R. Pachamuthu in Chennai on Monday. Photo: M. Vedhan Students of SRM University explaining the features of SRMSAT to be launched along with Megha-Tropiques satellite, on board PSLV-C18, to university president P. Sathyanarayanan and Chancellor T.R. Pachamuthu in Chennai on Monday. Photo: M. Vedhan

The Hindu informs us:

As the PSLV-C18 carrying Megha-Tropiques, an Indo-French venture to study the atmosphere in the tropical regions, blasts off from Satish Dhawan Space Centre at Sriharikota on October 12, students will be holding their breath at the ground station at SRM University in the city outskirts.

Along with Megha-Tropiques, SRMSAT, a nano-satellite, to monitor the green house gases, carbon-dioxide and water vapour in the tropics using a grating spectrometer will be launched.

“Fifty students were involved in design and development of SRMSAT, one of the first nano-satellites to be launched by a private university in the country,” said P. Sathyanarayanan, president, SRM University.

“There is a dedicated lab at the university. All the students involved in the project worked at the lab, after college hours, for the past two years, choosing to stay late in the night designing and testing each and every instrument,” says L.B. Vishal, a mechanical engineering student.

Of cuboid model, the nano-satellite weighs 10.4 kg with three solar panels and was made at a cost of Rs.1.5 crore. The grating spectrometer will monitor earth-based sources and sinks of green house gases for the next two years.

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Written by Arhopala Bazaloides

October 11, 2011 at 4:43 pm

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