With an aim of grooming future space researchers, Trinity College in Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala, has started a student-driven satellite project which is scheduled to be completed by 2018. The project is in collaboration with the Singapore’s Nanyang Technological University (NTU).
Named as Trinity Adrak Student Satelite (TASSAT), the mission is aimed at building CubeSats and NanoSats. A CubeSat (U-class spacecraft) is a small satellite that weighs less than 1.33 kg, basically used for space research.
Arun Surendran, Strategic Directory of Trinity, said that Nanyang Technological University has detailed knowledge of such a project and they have successfully completed such projects in the past. Also, they have used ISRO’s launch vehicle PSLV for their mission. Now Mr. Srendaran wants students of his college to complete a similar project.
While principal of the college Mary Matilda believes that TASSAT will give the necessary boost required to trigger interests among students towards space research and development. In addition, the project will help students in developing better understanding towards space exploration and will nurture the space scientists of future.
Moreover, there has been a significant advancement in the field of space by India. This year ISRO also won the prestigious Space Pioneer Award for Magalyaan mission. There have been talks to include India in International Space Station. Now, the TASSAT is another step forwards towards India becoming future space powerhouse.
The project is funded by Oman-based company named Al Adrak.