ISRO Missions and Discoveries

Micro satellite ExseedSAT1 launched to space


Mains Paper 3: Science & Technology | Awareness in the fields of IT, Space

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Particulars of the ExseedSAT1

Mains level: Utilities of the ExseedSAT1


India’s first private Satellite

  1. The ‘Made in India’ micro satellite ExseedSAT1, built by a small start up is the first built in the private sector to go into space.
  2. It was launched through the Falcon 9 rocket of SpaceX.
  3. So far building and launching satellites has been the exclusive preserve of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), the main driver of the impressive space programme.
  4. Early this year, through its commercial arm Antrix Agency, ISRO had encouraged private participation and building of satellites.

ExseedSAT1 and its purpose

  1. The satellite is a major boost to the private radio operators in the country.
  2. The satellites of this form are called Cubesats as they are 10 cm across and 1kg weight.
  3. This satellite is freely available for all radio amateurs across the world.
  4. It is an open radio transponder that works on ham radio frequencies.
  5. The amateur radio services provide vital communication links during natural disasters.

Amateur Radio Licensing in India

  1. One has to pay just Rs 100 license from the WPC to communicate through this satellite.
  2. Amateur radio operators are granted license by a governmental regulatory authority after passing an examination on applicable regulations, electronics, radio theory, and radio operation.
  3. The Indian government has waived the need for security clearances for amateur radio, enabling a lot of students to quickly apply and obtain radio amateur license.
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