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Anna University etches its name in space

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Anna University etches its name in space

CHENNAI: With the launch of the Anusat, the Anna University has etched a name for itself in space. The country's first
university-developed satellite is expected to send its first signal to the newly-established ground stations at Pune University and the Madras Institute Technology (MIT) either by Saturday or early next week.

Anna University vice chancellor Mannar Jawahar said Anusat would help in intra university communication and sharing of data. The satellite which works on a "store and forward" model could help universities in quick sharing of data including features like making available question papers easily accessible to colleges online and in a secure manner.

"The satellite has a life of about two years...we hope that it will work for three years. Initially, we hope to work out the colleges affiliated with Anna University, with whom we can share this system. Pune University was the first one to express interest and obtain approvals for sharing it," he said.

MIT officials recalled that the satellite project was sanctioned in 2002. "Of the 31 sub systems in the satellite, 21 were developed in house at the Guindy College of Engineering and Madras Institute of Technology," a professor who was a part of the programme said. The remaining 21 were brought from different vendors and the ISRO Satellite Centre in Bangalore. These included the flight battery and the sensors. The testing of the satellite and the launch were done free of cost.

"Initially, we worked on an engineering model of the satellite. But, since time was running out this engineering model also became a flight model which was successfully launched today," he said. According to him the main role of the satellite is to expose students to the challenging world of space technology. With a two-year life span it would also help in the area of communications. Some members of the Anusat team were at ISRO's telemetry, tracking and command centre in Bangalore monitoring the satellite.

Indian Space Research Organisation chairman, Madhavan Nair said the Anusat was a unique experiment by which the space agency was encouraging colleges to build satellites. The Anusat was built under the guidance of ISRO at a cost of Rs 5.2 crore with ISRO shelling out Rs 4.4 crore for the purpose.

"Already half a dozen institutions have come forward for satellite building as student projects," Nair said.

Many universities and colleges in
Europe, especially in the UK are involved in micro satellite projects.



this is really great idea with this they are encouraging the student
with this satellite have full discover by student for sendind data and communication with other

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