Team Aranea from PES University works on novel de-orbiting mechanism for Micro and Nano satellites in low and medium altitude Earth orbits (LEOs & MEOs) in the project called Ultra-thin Wires Drag Enhancement System (UWDES). Ten members of the team attended the International Astronautical Congress (IAC)-2017 held at Adelaide, Australia from Sept 25th to 29th. IAC is the largest annual space tech conference attended by scientists, industry and academia worldwide. The team presented a paper on the UWDES concept, titled “Drag Enhancement for Spacecraft using Numerous Ultra-Thin Wires Arranged into Drag-Wire Webs of Various Configurations”.

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The project submitted by Team Aranea in the category of Space Debris Mitigation has been recognized as one of the Top 30 innovations under the DST-Lockheed Martin-Tata Trusts’ India Innovation Growth Programme 2.0. The team devised a novel drag enhancement system for rapid de-orbiting of spacecraft (Nano/Micro-satellites) in Low Earth orbit (LEO).

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Shrikanth Yadav presented a paper on active magnetic control system of a nano-satellite at the 67th International Astronautical Congress, Guadalajara, Mexico, 2016.

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PISAT was successfully placed into polar Sun Synchronous Orbit (SSO) orbit today by India’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, in its thirty-seventh flight (PSLV-C35).

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PISAT, the nanosatellite designed and developed at PES University is all set to be launched. The journey to the launchpad at Sriharikota from the ISRO Satellite Centre in Bengaluru was flagged off by Mylswamy Annadurai, director of ISRO. The 35th Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) rocket will launch PISAT. Wishing the students, Mylswamy Annadurai said that it is a special day for ISRO satellite centre. While congratulating the students and their mentors, Chancellor, Dr. M R Doreswamy stated that the university is planning to develop more satellites to help address the problems of common man.

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The PISAT nanosatellite is ready for space launch in July 2016. PES University spearheaded the design, development, fabrication and testing functions for the nanosatellite. After stringent performance and quality tests by expert committee, the nanosatellite was formally handed over to ISRO at a function on the campus attended by top officials from the government and ISRO on April 20, 2016.

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Come July, a nanosatellite that hundreds of students of PES University have worked on for over five years will be launched.

PISAT — a close homonym to PESIT, but “actually named after the mathematical constant pi” — will be propelled into space by the Indian Space Research Organisation.

The students are excited, while their mentors are busy ensuring that nothing goes wrong when the satellite is revolving around earth — at a distance between 680 and 720 km.

The labs that house the electronic devices to control and orient the satellite are abuzz with activity, as the day for the payload to take off approaches.

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RESEARCH: WISDOM OF CROWDS
Alok Shankar, Arvind Srikantan, Bhargav HS, Chiraag Sumanth, Ramesh Arvind from PES were in the team of 100 undergraduate students from India, who designed and implemented the research experiment ‘WISDOM OF CROWDS’.