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Chennai, Pune student satellites get a free lift

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Two tiny spacecraft built by students of two Indian universities took off from Bengaluru on June 6 after tests and are set for a free ride into space on June 20. They are also part of an Indian record in the making, of launching 20 satellites on a single launch vehicle. The rest 17 are foreign commercial satellites, all tagging along with the primary payload, the 700-odd-kg Cartosat-2C.

Engineering students of Sathyabhama University, Chennai, have built the 1.6-kg Sathyabhamasat. It is designed to measure greenhouse gases over the region from about 500 km above the ground.

The other is the 1-kg Swayam, a project of the College of Engineering, Pune. It attempts a two-directional comunications picosat, according to information available online.

ISRO Satellite Centre in Bengaluru says the two nanosatellites were tested at its facility and packed off to the Sriharikota launchpad this month.

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