PES University to Launch Microsatellite
Source : The New Indian Express
PES University is all prepared to launch a microsatellite called RSAT on February 28th, 2021 (Sunday). RSAT will be launched into a polar sun-synchronous orbit of 500 km. This is the second satellite being developed in the university.
RSAT is a 3-axis stabilized agile micro-satellite weighing 15 kg and measuring 300mm x 300 mm x 300mm with deployable solar panels. The DRDO sanctioned a Contract for Acquiring Research Services to the university to carry a Satellite-Based Automatic Identification System (SB-AIS) payload after the micro-satellite was configured and developed.
SB-AIS will monitor ships and provide information about their movement on the high seas. The payload receives AIS signals transmitted by ships in the VHF band, processes and transmits the information to a ground station.