Sri Shakthi Institute of Engineering and Technology has successfully launched its own satellite. Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) launched PSLV C-51 satellite at Sriharikota at 10.30 am on February 28, 2021 The Sri ShaktiSat satellite has been developed by students and teachers of the Sri Shakthi Education Institute. Postgraduate students in Computer Science, Electrical, Electronics and Communication, Mechanical from the College designed the satellite.
The satellite was designed by 12 students and teachers including Nikhil Riyaz, Bavana Savanth, Ashwin Reddy, Tarun sai Reddy, Sainath Vamsi, Denzel Abraham George, Sanket H Hudar, Athira Ajaykumar, Viswa Gopal, Joshua Tom Jacob and Mithun Venkat. Professor Dr. Gopalakrishnan led and coordinated the project with the students/
Talking about this, The Chairman and Head of the Institution Dr. S.Thangavelu said that the students and the teachers have fulfilled their long cherished dream of having created their own satellite .
From 2010 onwards, our students and teachers with their efforts set up a research center and have also strived to build their own satellite. In order to inspire the younger generation and to add value to the country’s scientific and industrial temper, Our Prime Minister launched an initiative called IN-SPACE facility along with ISRO in June 2020 at Bangalore. This has been created for private industries, educational institutions to be benefitted in their future endeavours and to be associated with ISRO .The single window system approach helps to accommodate wireless facility, registration programs before the launch of the satellite and the permission for the launch through PSLV has been made accessible and this has made us relish our 10 year dream to be fulfilled.
We have associated with the Space research centre, SERBIA who have provided technological assistance to set up the satellite ground station.We have also become a member and work along with SatNOGS (Satelite Networked Open Ground Station )in setting up satellite ground with an objective to provide assistance in setting up low level orbit satellites.
As of November 2019, there are more than 300 satellite ground stations which are in operation and are active of 810 transmitters and more than 380 satellites which have been monitored through SATNOGS.
Our PICO satellite weighs only about 460 gms but has the capacity to operate like other 10 kg heavy Nano satellites. This will be a Low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite as it revolves at 500-575 km from the ground level, said Dr. Thangavelu.
This satellite will be useful and provide information through IOT ( Internet of things) and be the interface that happens in space. This will serve to overlook many operations as much as the remote and the smartphones which are used widely today for regulating and monitoring.
For example, water leaks, oil or gas leaks can be controlled and this satellite can be used to detect the opening and closing of the valves.Similarly, forest fires and fire accidents happening in multistorey apartments can be controlled using this satellite. It can also prevent theft and robbery that can happen in banks and residential areas.