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100 student-designed satellites to be launched on February 7 | India News


MUMBAI: On January 25, SpaceX broke a world record by launching 143 satellites in one go. Now India is ready to break another record. On February 7, 100 small satellites, called Femto satellites, designed and developed by 1,000 students across India, it will be launched at APJ Abdul Kalam’s birthplace, Rameshwaram in Tamil Nadu.
Femto satellites are small with low mass and are used for scientific and training purposes. Dedicated to Kalam, it is a joint project of the APJ Abdul Kalam International Foundation, Chennai-based Space Zone India and another organization called Martin.
Speaking to TOI on Sunday, the general secretary of the International Kalam Foundation, Milind Chaudhari, said that of the 1,000 students, 380 are from Maharashtra, making it the second highest after Tamil Nadu. Of the 100 satellites, 38 are from Maharashtra, which includes one from Children’s Academy in Mumbai.
Chaudhari said the students initially received online training from Space Zone India and on January 19, they received hands-on experience at Jaywant Rao College of Engineering and Polytechnic in Pune. He said that all the districts of Maharashtra were represented.
Femto satellites measure 4X4X4cm and are made of composite material. According to Chaudhari, the launch of the 100 satellites on the high-altitude science balloon at Rameshwaram will be around 10.30am on February 7, reaching an altitude of 35,000-38,000m.
He said the total duration of the mission is five to eight hours and that the Femto satellite is equipped with sensors to study areas such as ozone, cosmic rays, carbon dioxide and humidity.

Times of India