Mon. Oct 2nd, 2023
Women-Engineered Satellite to Research Ultraviolet Radiation

A nanosatellite called WESAT (Women Engineered Satellite) is set to be launched into a 600-kilometer orbit in November. Developed by students at Thiruvananthapuram Lal Bahadur Shastri Institute of Technology for Women, this project aims to research ultraviolet radiation and its effects.

The satellite has been built by the institution’s Space Club and will be launched using ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV). The team has signed an MoU with the Indian National Space Promotion and Authorization Centre (IN-SPACe) under the Department of Space.

Although there is great excitement surrounding the project, the lack of sponsors to fund it has posed challenges for the all-women team. Despite this setback, they are determined to persevere and make the launch a success.

WESAT’s mission to study ultraviolet radiation has important implications in understanding its impact on various aspects such as climate change, human health, and space exploration. By conducting research in this field, the team hopes to contribute valuable insights to scientific knowledge.

The development and launch of WESAT represent a significant achievement for women in STEM fields. It serves as a testament to their capabilities and the strides they are making in the male-dominated field of space technology.

With the support of sponsors and the collaboration with IN-SPACe, the team is confident that WESAT will pave the way for further advancements in satellite technology. This endeavor not only promotes gender equality but also showcases the potential of student-led initiatives in the field of aerospace engineering.

The launch of WESAT is eagerly anticipated, as it marks another milestone in India’s growing space exploration endeavors. It demonstrates the country’s commitment to fostering scientific research and technological innovation.