IIT Kanpur with its Nano Satellite Mission- Jugnu is ready to set new limits in the
space research. A team of students has come ahead to work under the guidance of
faculty of IIT Kanpur and ISRO scientists to launch India’s first Nano Satellite.
The development of the Jugnu started in the year 2008 with a team of 3 students. With
time, the team has grown to the size of more than 50 students ranging from 1st year
undergraduates to final year postgraduates and 14 professors from different disciplines
to complete this challenging mission. In a few months time, Jugnu will be handed over
to ISRO for final testing and integration.
Golden Jubilee year of IIT Kanpur(Aug 2009- Dec 2010) will witness the launch of
Jugnu from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (also known as SHAR, located in Sriharikota,
Andhra Pradesh) by ISRO’s Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle. Jugnu will be able to
withstand the harshness of space environment for its estimated life span of 1 year.
These universtiy based Nano Satellites have given an impetus to the growth of satellite
technology in many countries. These low weights, cost effective Nano-Satellite have
significant role to play in the cost reduction, experimentation, reduction in the
development and testing time for the new technologies and will significantly change the
satellite development activity in the future.
President hands over
Jugnu to ISRO
Gracing the ceremony with her
honored presence, Her Excellency
Smt. Pratibha DeviSingh Patil
handed over IIT Kanpur’s
Nanosatellite, Jugnu to ISRO