Undergraduate students of College of Engineering, Pune had developed “Swayam” – a 1 U pico satellite that weighs about 990 grams. Under the guidance of scientists from ISRO, the students have designed and manufactured the electronic and control systems of the satellite over a span of 8 years.
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The primary mission objective was to characterise amateur HAM radio between 434-438 MHz band. Another objective was to demonstrate passive attitude stabilization in LEO using a permanent magnet. Along the two axes mutually perpendicular to the axis of the magnet, two hysteresis rods were also mounted.
The satellite was launched by PSLV-C34 launch vehicle along side Cartosat-2C and was successfully positioned in a low earth orbit (LEO) at a height of 515 km.