Successful Satellite Launch By PES University:
The students of PES University (PESU), Bengaluru made the nation proud on 26 September 2016 when their nano-satellite was successfully launched into polar orbit from Sriharikota.
The PES Imaging Satellite (PiSat) is a nano-satellite developed by PES University in association with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The satellite was launched from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota in PSLV-C35 along with ISRO’s main satellite. It was launched at 9 AM on 26 September, an event which was aired live on DD National.
PESU will be the first university to have an S-band satellite control centre on its campus. The low-cost satellite weighs five-kg and carries an imaging camera to capture imagery of 185 km x 135 km area with about 80m/pixel resolution. Over 250 students from various engineering branches were involved in the project for five years. June and July were the testing months for PiSat, which will operate at an altitude of 670 km. The satellite will be carried along with an ISRO satellite to provide data for weather forecasting, cyclone detection and tracking services.
The students’ hard work and excellence was recognized by Prime Minister Narendra Modi who took to Twitter to congratulate them. He wrote: “I applaud the industrious & innovative students of PES University, Bengaluru for creating the PiSat that was launched successfully today.”
The Logical Indian community congratulates the students involved in the PiSat project and hopes they will serve as inspirations for further innovation from India’s youth.