SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) has plans to design and develop a micro/ nano satellite within the next couple of years with ISRO," said Mr Narayan Rao, the university's Director of Research, at the Small Satellite Project meeting held at Kattankulathur recently.
The whole engineering faculty, and specifically, the Departments of Mechanical, Aerospace, Electrical, and Chemical Engineering will play a major role in achieving this goal. "It will provide exciting and challenging opportunities for the students," he added.
Dr. D.A.V. Murthy, Project Director for Satellites - ISRO (Indian Space Research Organisation), explained that ISRO in collaboration with SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) would send up either a micro- or nano-satellite into space with a specific payload in mind. Stressing the fact that the students were the main think tank behind the project, he said all the Departments would have to work together in cohesion to meet the deadline of SRM Institute of Science and Technology (formerly known as SRM University) being able to launch a satellite by 2010.
With the help of a slide show presentation, Dr. Murthy explained the past achievements of ISRO, and what it plans to do in the near future. He went on to enumerate the basic features of a satellite, what it would take to design and structure one, what would be its various uses to society.