Nanosatellite or nanosat is the term to describe a satellite which has a wet mass of about 1kg to 10 kg. In spite of their small size, they perform all the tasks that a conventional satellite does, with an added advantage of lesser cost. Nanosatellites play a huge role in our economy and research development as it provides a great stand to various research opportunities. According to IARU, the survey conducted in 2014 says that there are around 685 nanosatellites and 613 cubesats launched in total of which 405 are in orbit where 321 are operational and 71 of them were destroyed on launch. But now, we are in an era where cubesats are of a great deal and are being developed rapidly.
In 1999, California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) and Stanford University developed the CubeSat specifications to promote and develop the skills necessary for the design, manufacture, and testing of small satellites. The rest is history.
|Mission Type||System Design and Verification|
|Organization||R V College of Engineering|
|Dimensions||10cm × 10cm × 22.7cm|
|Orbit Type||Polar LEO|
|Stabilization||Agile, 3 axis stabilized|
|Expected launch date||2019|
Our mission focuses on growth analysis of suspended mass lyophilized microbes in a nutrient medium - on orbit under temperature gradients and other varying LEO parameters. Once the primary objective is complete, the deorbiting system puts the satellite in a decaying orbit by using passive methods, eliminating the possibility of our satellite to contribute to space junk. We believe that the research carried out by our team serves as the knowledge base for further upcoming student satellite project and R V College of Engineering provides a platform to explore and learn a part of space technology which is widening enormously.