Team WELKINSAT from SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) won the second place in an international competition for satellite models conducted by The American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) in Texas, USA. This year around 65 teams from various top institutions across the world participated in this competition
The students from WELKINSAT successfully launched a model satellite (referred to as CANSAT) to read atmospheric condition as a ‘Planetary Atmospheric Entry Vehicle’ in the competition. CANSAT was to be deployed from a rocket at an altitude of about 670 meters. Once released from the rocket, CANSAT will descend at less than 10 meters per second using any type of descent control system or device and transmit all the telemetry data to control room.Furthermore, this year the CANSAT should also harvest energy from the environment in order to power the electrical subsystem.
Accordingly, the team used parachutes in the container and Aero-brake mechanism in payload to achieve the descent rate less than ten meters per second. The whole CANSAT was within the specified weight & dimension. The electronics unit was very well integrated with the structure and was efficiently powered using flexible solar panels. Every second, it gave all the information including temperature, pressure, angle of descent and environment harvested voltage which was recorded at the control room.
This technology can be applied for further development and immediate forecasting depending on the time of landing.
“Testing plays a vital role for any such competition. So we allocated last three weeks completely for testing and tested our CANSAT several times and made it very reliable in order to meet the international standards.” said by a team member of welkinsat.
“Participating in such international competition not only brings laurel to the institution but also gives an amazing exposure and learning experience to the students.” said by Director (E&T) Dr C. Muthamizhchelvan. He also added that SRM university supports all such student initiatives using which students get both hands on & practical experience.
As these developments and achievements of the team became reality only by the constant support, exceptional encouragement in all possible ways offered by the Director (E&T) Dr C. Muthamizhchelvan and SRM management
The success of the competition is credited to all the team members including Sorabh Gandhi, Arman Arora, Vinayak Soni, Manik Narang, Romin Gajjar and Cheerudeep Chintha along with the guidance of the faculty advisor/Mentor Dr. A. Rathinam