A group of Kerala students, all women, are on the verge of an incredible achievement as they prepare to launch a satellite into orbit with the assistance of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). The satellite, developed by the students from LBS Women’s College in Thiruvananthapuram, will be transported to its designated orbit by ISRO’s trusted Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
The project, led by the Space Club, a group of teachers and students, aims to investigate the impact of ultraviolet radiation on Kerala’s climate change. The satellite will play a crucial role in monitoring ultraviolet radiation levels in outer space and on Earth’s surface. Currently, this measurement is carried out using a machine installed on the college campus.
The students are receiving numerous inquiries from students at other colleges who are interested in their scientific accomplishment. They are excited and proud of what they have achieved over the course of three years of designing and developing the satellite. The project began with a letter expressing their interest in building a satellite to ISRO. Following this, an agreement was reached with the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre in Thiruvananthapuram to collaborate on the project.
The successful launch of their satellite, which is expected to occur by the end of October, will be a significant milestone for the students and a testament to India’s advancements in space technology and innovation. It highlights the opportunities available for students to actively contribute to the country’s space exploration efforts through partnerships with prestigious organizations like ISRO.