The SRM University has recently planned to set up a Centre for Space Technology at its campus. The move has been planned after a group of 50 students of various fields of the University built a nano satellite after toil of two years.
According to a top official, the set up of the Centre for Space Technology will be in consultation with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). “It is in the planning stage. Once our satellite is launched, the talks with ISRO will progress. It may take around five or six months to come into shape" said P Sathyanarayanan, president of SRM University on Monday.
ISRO will launch the nano-satellite, SRMSAT, built by SRM students as a piggyback rider to the bigger weather satellite, Megha-Tropiques, with its Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket on Wednesday.
The satellite which weighs 10kg and is built in Rs. 1.1 crore will actually monitor greenhouse gases, carbon dioxide and water vapour in the atmosphere using a grating spectrometer.
According to the officials, “a separate ground station has been built to monitor the satellite during its two-year life span.”
D Narayana Rao, director of research at SRM University, said, “ISRO would initially monitor the satellite and a week later SRM university would track it from its ground station. The university would continue to work with ISRO and there is a possibility of designing another satellite in two years.”