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Chd: 12 school students develop balloon satellite

CHANDIGARH: A team of 12 students from Dikshant School in Chandigarh, at the side of International Space Society, has developed a high-altitude balloon satellite known as Dikshant SAT-1.

The 1.8kg satellite can pass as high as 99,000 ft with a radius of 200km to 300km. The flight time is nearly 3 hours. Manan Chawla, one of the crucial team contributors, mentioned, "We used 3D printing for making the outer structure of the satellite." Explaining additional, he mentioned, "There are three teams responsible for the functioning process: launch team, chasing team and retrieval team. To keep track of the satellite, a tracking system has been put into place."

Aarya Jamwal, another scholar from the team, elaborated the tracking process: "A GPS tracker, GSM800L has been installed in the satellite so that we can chase it while it is in the air." The satellite might be connected to a latex helium balloon and after achieving a specific peak, the balloon will burst and drop the satellite with a parachute.

The satellite has many purposes like measuring the level of air air pollution, atmospheric drive, humidity, temperature and altitude, to name a few. Jigyasu Bansal, one of the crucial students, mentioned, "The satellite has a barometric pressure censor, which will calculate the atmospheric pressure as well as the height of satellite above the sea level."

He also added: "There is an ultraviolet light intensity censor that can be used to detect the direction of light along with an LDR censor, which is used for light resistance." The digicam installed within will record the flight video. Live transmission is not imaginable due to safety causes.

According to Mitul Dikshit, chairman of the varsity: "This allows students to apply theory and understand the concepts in a better way. It also inculcates a sense of responsibility and entrepreneurship."

The satellite might be launched in March-end, relying at the climate. The next step is to launch a cube satellite in collaboration with Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO).

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