Bangalore: India is all set to orbit a dedicated satellite for the world's youth sometime next year. The satellite will carry scientific instruments developed by students from Indian and foreign universities.
According to Indian Space Research Organisation chairman G Madhavan Nair, the program was the brain-child of former president Dr APJ Abdul Kalam. He had proposed the mission during a visit to Russia two years ago.
the mini-spacecraft would be launched next year, piggybacking aboard a polar satellite launch vehicle. It would carry a remote sensing satellite into orbit, and would be launched from the Satish Dhawan space centre at Sriharikota, which is at a distance of around 90 kilometres from Chennai.
On board the satellite would be various instruments that have been developed by graduate and post graduate students of India, Russia and universities of other countries. They will share and study data on earth-imaging, atmospheric applicaions, solar emissions, and other galactic observations. The spacecraft would weigh less than 100 kilograms, and is being built at the ISRO satellite development centre at Bangalore.