Space notes from Bee

21 April 2009

Congratulations for the launch of Anusat

Pradeep Mohandas wrote on India Space List yesterday:
"Yesterday morning, ISRO launched two satellites on board the fourteenth flight of the PSLV, PSLV-C12. In the first launch after the resounding success of Chandrayaan 1, ISRO launched two satellites -

There has been some confusion regarding the RISAT-2 and its end-user millitary application with media houses labelling it as a spy sat. The RISAT-2 is based on the configuration of the Israeli TecSAR, which
Antrix Corp had launched for Israel in 2008. RISAT-2 will enhance India's earth imaging capabilities by providing any weather Earth imagining. It can also aid disaster management and relief efforts during floods, cyclones etc. with images obtainable even during cloudy conditions.

The second satellite that was launched, ANUSAT, may excite and be of interest to members of this list. ANUSAT is India's first student built satellite to be launched into orbit. ANUSAT, weighing 40 kgs and costing Rs. 4 crores, was developed by the student and staff of Anna University, one of the prestigious universitites in India. It has been in development since 2003.

Both, RISAT-2 and ANUSAT were launched successfully. The 300 kg RISAT-2 was launched in a 550 km orbit first followed by the deployment of ANUSAT.

There are also several other Indian universities developing various classes of microsatellites. These have been receiving great encouragement and support from ISRO's Small Systems Satellite Division, ISAC.

We would like to congratulate the student and staff of Anna University for their success, thank ISRO for their continued support and hope that this is not the last student developed satellite that is placed
in orbit."

For more information:
1. ISRO Press Release:
2. ISRO PSLV-C12 integration and launch photos:
3. ISRO brochure on the PSLV C-12, RISAT-2 and ANUSAT:

I had the privilege of hearing out the students as they presented their paper alongside my sister and students from ISU at the IAC2008 in Glasgow - and was very impressed! Well done and congratulations to the team and to ISRO!!


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