1. What is Swayam Satellite’s Mission Objective?
Ans- To demonstrate the control of orientation of satellite in its orbit without power consumption and to provide messaging services to the people.
2. Is this project a part of a competition or academics?
Ans- NO, this project is driven solely by the motivation of students and through research interests 🙂
3. What is the expected life of the satellite?
Ans- 6 months expected.
4. When was Swayam Satellite launched?
Ans- ISRO has launched it along with CARTOSAT-2C on 22nd of June 2016.
5. Who launched Swayam Satellite?
Ans- ISRO has launched Swayam Satellite through its PSLV program as an auxiliary satellite.
6. Will the satellite ‘fly’ using any thrusters?
Ans- NO. The satellite does not have thrusters. Rockets have thrusters.
7. What is the team doing currently?
Ans- The team is currently working on its next mission of building a satellite to demonstrate orbit manoeuvering using solar sails.
8. What are solar sails?
Ans- Solar sails are large reflective surfaces that impart thrust to a satellite when they reflect the Sun’s rays falling on them. A useful analogy may be a sailing boat; the light exerting a force on the mirrors is similar to a sail being blown by the wind.
9. What is the scientific objective and payload of CSAT-2?
Ans- The scientific objective of CSAT-2 is demonstrating orbit manoeuvering using solar sails. The payload of CSAT-2 is the characterization of the trapped radiation environment by monitoring the energy and fluxes of charged particles.
10. Who all are included in the team?
Ans- Any B.Tech student from any branch in COEP who has the zeal to learn and research and who is dedicated is welcomed to the team after he/she gets through a rigorous induction procedure.
11. What is the latitude and longitude of the GS?
Ans- Latitude is 18.5292 and longitude is 73.8579.