India is one of the only nine countries in the world that builds and launches satellites. Over 1185 satellites are expected to be launched by the government agencies, private sector companies and universities globally between 2009 and 2018. Majority of these satellites would be nanosatellites that will be built all over the world by the students of various prestigious universities.
Nanosatellites, also called ‘NanoSats’, is a recently coined term used to describe artificial satellites with mass between 1 and 10 kilograms. Nanosatellites are built with units of CubeSat, which is a volume of exactly one liter(10 cubic cm) and a mass not more than 1.33 kilograms.
Because of their small sizes and affordable costs, nanosats have proved to be a fascinating venture at student level all around the world in terms of Space Research. These satellites aim at realizing scientific experiments at minimum costs. They can piggyback on larger launches eliminating the need of a dedicated launch.
There are around 25 universities across the country which have line up at ISRO for technical assistance and free launch pad. These projects provide tremendous educational opportunities and develop interest in space engineering for future generation.
“For the past five year we have been encouraging university students to build satellite. It gives them an avenue to explore this field and also helps us develop human resource foe our space program.”
-D. V. A. Raghava Murthy, Project Director, Small Satellites, ISRO