STUDSAT-1 (STUDent SATellite) is a student-initiated satellite project of PICO category, designed and developed in the country for the first time by a group of undergraduate students. ,. The project was coordinated by Dr. Jharna Majumdar, Professor CSE and Dean R&D, NMIT, formerly Scientist G with DRDO.
The Pico Satellite weighed less than 1 Kg with a volume of 1.1 litres and wasdesigned to operate in Low Earth Orbit (LEO) at an altitude of 647 Km. The payload of the satellite was a CMOS camera which again was developed by the team. The camera had the ability to capture images with a ground resolution of 90 meters. Worldwide, this is the best resolution achieved by any camera attached to a Pico satellite till date.
The satellite was designed to send the images and telemetry data to the ground station "NASTRAC" (Nitte Amateur Satellite Tracking Centre); NASTRAC, the ground station, was also developed at NMIT itself by students, which like the STUDSAT-1, was the first-of-its-kind.
The total cost of development of the satellite was INR 5.5 M and its life expectancy was SIX months. The functional objectives of the satellite were to perform remote sensing and capture images of the surface of the earth. A group of 30 students drawn from 7 Engineering colleges located in and around Bangalore, as well as Hyderabad, successfully built India's 1st Pico- satellite "STUDSAT" at the Satellite Integration Center located at NMIT under guidance Dr. Jharna Majumdar. ISRO provided support and supervision. The Pico-satellite was launched aboard ISRO's PSLV-C15 on 12 July 2010 from Sriharikota. This unique project work constituted a national record and has been duly catalogued by LIMCA BOOK of RECORDS 2011 Edition.
Students of NMIT who actively participated in the project have received National and International awards for their innovative research contributions..