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Pratham [IITK]

Pratham is a nanosatellite built by the Dept of Aerospace Engineering, IIT Bombay.

Pratham is a satellite developef under a plan to build a fully functional microsatellite in less than three years which would then be launched by Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). It is entirely a student initiative with mentorship provided by ISRO scientists and IIT Bombay Faculty.

The 10kg nanosatellite and measures 26 cm × 26 cm × 26 cm. Pratham's carries a science payload to measure the total electron count in a sun-synchronous orbit.

Pratham is launched piggy back into low Earth on a PSLV rocket.

Nation: India
Type / Application: Technology, Earth observation
Operator: IIT Bombay
Contractors: IIT Bombay
Propulsion: None
Power: Solar cells, batteries
Lifetime: 4 months
Mass: 10 kg
Orbit: 661 km × 708 km, 98.20
Satellite COSPAR Date LS Launch Vehicle Remarks
Pratham 2016-059A 26.09.2016 Sr FLP PSLV-G (3) with SCATSAT 1, AlSat 1B, AlSat 2B, BlackSky Pathfinder 1, PISat, AlSat-Nano, CanX 7