After nine years, IIT Bombay’s dream will come true. ISRO will launch its satellite from Sriharikota, which will take off next month. According to the reports, the 10 kg satellite will be launched by ISRO’s four stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota.
This Satellite programme was initiated in the year 2007 after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between IIT- B and the Indian Space Research Organization. Pratham, though initiated in the year 2007 was delayed due to a variety of reasons. It will also be connected to a lot of satellites like that of ScatSat, and many more.
According to the project manager of Pratham, Ratnesh Mishra, a final year IIT- B aerospace student said that the satellite was at the clean room of the ISRO satellite. This center is in Bangalore. The decision on the exact launch date will be taken by ISRO. The satellite will be placed at an altitude of 720 km. The duration of the mission is four months. The main aim behind launching this satellite is the measurement of the electron count with the help of which, a lot of scientific studies will be carried out; all the errors related to GPS will be corrected and it will also help in all the warnings related to Tsunami. Since it is the first satellite which is being launched by the students, it has its drawbacks and it was because of a lot of reasons that its launch was delayed in the year 2012. The reasons for the delay were technical faults, lack of manpower and also some delay at the administration side.
The total cost of the project is Rs. 1.5 crore. Two ground stations will also be set up at IIT and Atharva College. These two ground stations will help in tracking the satellite. Before the launch, some pre-launch activities will also be conducted by the team of Pratham.