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Trinity embarks on Space mission : TASSAT (Trinity Adrak Student Satellite)

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The New Indian Express |  By Meera Manu | Thiruvananthapuram | 17th August 2015 |

Scaling New Heights

Four years from now, Trinity College of Engineering, Thiruvananthapuram hopes to achieve its dream of placing their satellite in orbit. Earlier this June, the college had embarked on a mission — the making of a student satellite­ for the estimation of space debris called TASSAT (Trinity Adrak Student Satellite) carried out under the sponsorship of Al Adrak, a business firm based in Muscat. Taking a cue from the satellite research programmes of Nanyang Technological University (NTU) in Singapore, they are setting off to achieve great heights. “We are in proximity to the ISRO divisions and the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre. Several foreign universities have successful student satellite programmes and with all the engineering colleges in Kerala moving under the Kerala Technological University banner, the time is ripe to think along the same lines here. A student satellite programme is the perfect fit to rally the resources of any engineering educational institution, says Arun Surendran, Director of the college. Strategic facility in the advanced design and manufacturing lab of the college and various departments would be pooled in for hitting the target in a timely and cost­-effective manner. “It’s a step-by-step process, beginning with design.

The initial stage has  students from electrical and electronics and the electronics and communication engineering departments involved in it, and later stages will have students from the mechanical and civil engineering wings too. We also had talks with ISRO regarding the launch,” says Mary Matilda Rose, Principal-­in-­charge. A student­-faculty team had visited NTU to get a complete understanding of undertaking such an ambitious project. “They have a sustainable programme and have been launching their satellites from India using ISRO’s reliable workhorse PSLV for a long time. We would like a similar programme at Trinity that can create Cubesats (a miniature satellite for space research with volume of one litre and mass no more than 1.33kg and is made of commercially available off­-the-­shelf components) and Nanosats (artificial satellite with a mass ratio between 1 and 10 kg) over the years,” says Arun. /  meera.manu@newindianexpress.com – Courtesy


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