Atharva Satellite Ground Station
Report on Atharva Ground Station
Atharva Satellite Ground Station was established in 2008 as a part of IIT Bombay’s first student Satellite “PRATHAM” under the visionary leadership of Shri. Sunil Rane, Executive President, Atharva Group of Institutes who believes in Research, Technology and Innovation.
Atharva’s Ground Station innovative students team achieved the milestone in establishing a functional receiving Ground Station for IIT Bombay’s PRATHAM satellite at Atharva College of Engineering. The student satellite, Pratham, was launched by ISRO’s four-stage Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) at the Sriharikota’s Satish Dhawan Space Centre successfully on 26 September 2016 at 9.00 a.m. the Pratham satellites were lifted off. The dream project of IIT-B MISSION “PRATHAM” in association with Atharva College of Engineering’s Ground station team is finally accomplished. Atharva Ground station is one of the receiving stations to receive and process data sent by Pratham.
The satellite is designed to fit within a cube of 30 cm sides, and weighs nearly 10 kg. Pratham will be useful for scientific studies, help in tsunami warnings and correcting errors in GPS communication. The passion of the complete team for space technology and satellite communication has led to undertake such research activities pertaining to track of satellites and knowledge sharing ranging from antenna designing to decoding the signals.
The passion of the complete ground station team for space technology and satellite communication has led to undertaking such research activities pertaining to tracking of satellites and knowledge sharing ranging from antenna designing to decoding the signals.
Shri. Sunil Rane, Executive President, Atharva Group of Institutes felicitated and encouraged ground station team to excel in space technology and satellite communication to contribute positively in the future at Atharva Ground Station activities. Atharva always takes proactive initiatives to explore in research, technology and innovation along with the all round development of the students to make them competent engineers of tomorrow’s to serve the society.
The team appeared for the amateur HAM radio exam conducted by Ministry of communications, Government of India and acquired their HAM licenses. 7 of the previous team members are licensed HAM Radio operators. At the symposium, Atharva satellite Ground-Station had its first satellite contact with VUSat – OSCAR 52; communication was established with Delhi via the satellite by the licensed team. The current team is also planning to get their licenses and a station license for the ground station in the near future.
Visualization and Conceptualization of the Balloon Satellite APSARHA:
APSARHA–1 (Atharva Payload System – A Radio Linked High Altitude Air Balloon) is the indegenious satellite balloon project of Atharva Ground-Station with a payload of Weather Monitoring and ozone measurement. The team plans to calculate the level of pollution in the environment with the ozone readings. An ozonesonde is planned to be used for ozone measurement. The balloon is expected to reach an altitude from which ozone values could be correctly obtained (approximately 25 – 30km).
On the technical part of APSARHA, the team has completed designing the prototype and coding for the primary launch. They have also conducted the following tests successfully:
- Indoor short range test for measuring the temperature and pressure values along with the GPS co-ordinates
- Outdoor short range test
- 15 meters medium range test
Accurate data was received in all of the above mentioned tests.
- “Satellites and Satellite Tracking System” held on 23rd September, 2013 at Atharva College of Engineering
- “Satellite Tracking and Data Acquisition” held on 22nd September, 2014 at Atharva College of Engineering
- “Antenna Designing and Simulation” held on 22nd March, 2015 at Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Mumbai
On 15th march 2012 the team conducted a grand symposium. Amongst the dignitaries present, we had Professor Vakil Gulam (class D scientist), Mr. Sandeep Baruah-a scientist from Vigyan Prasar, Department of Technology, GOI. He demonstrated and gave a presentation on APRS. Many amateur radio enthusiasts like VU2MGB (former physics HOD, Bhavan’s college), VU2CMI, VU2JOY, VU2HOT, VU2HIT, neurosurgeon Dr. Ashish Mehta and Satish Sinnarkar (editor of TOI) were present.