Sat. Dec 2nd, 2023
Tamil Nadu Teen Develops Low-Cost Satellite to Monitor Air Pollution

Jayaprakash, a 16-year-old student from the Karur district of Tamil Nadu, has achieved a significant feat by creating a low-budget satellite to monitor air pollution levels. Inspired by his desire to detect air pollution, Jayaprakash sought guidance from his science teacher and the principal of his school, leading him to develop this innovative solution.

The satellite, which operates within the troposphere and can detect air pollution levels within 10 to 20 kilometers from the Earth’s surface, was created with a budget of only Rs 1000. Unlike conventional satellites that cost a fortune, Jayaprakash’s satellite offers a cost-effective alternative. With a total project cost of only 30,000 rupees, this satellite allows for continuous monitoring of industrial pollution at an affordable rate.

This small-scale satellite has the potential to revolutionize pollution control by detecting gases emitted by factories that contribute to air pollution. It could serve as a practical and cost-efficient tool for control board officials to effectively manage and monitor air pollutants.

Jayaprakash’s dream is to become an ISRO scientist and contribute to a pollution-free world by combating air pollution. Despite financial constraints, he has established the Griffon Aero Space Club in his school to educate over a thousand students about satellite methods and tools used in scientific discoveries.

His achievement has gained recognition, with his helium balloon satellite being showcased at the National Science Conference organized by the National Science and Technology Department. Jayaprakash is currently working on developing a version 2 mini-satellite that can detect other gases causing air pollution over longer distances, with guidance from Mylaswamy Annadurai, the former director of the Bangalore Satellite Center of ISRO.

The educational institution fully supports and nurtures Jayaprakash’s promising endeavor, recognizing the impact his innovation can have in the field of air pollution monitoring.