Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Coming up!!!

Saturday, February 6, 2010


In 2007 , SEDS India hosted the international conference SEDSIC'07 in Vellore Institue of Technology.It was a huge success , we saw a participation of over 50 international delegates and 350 national delegates.

The theme of SEDSIC was ‘Developments in Aerospace through Astronomical considerations’.

Endorsed by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and sponsored by Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), Tamil Nadu Science and Technology Center (TNSTC), the International Space University (ISU) besides others, the conference met with wonderful success and acclaim. Students from allover India and the globe met at the VIT-U campus for three days of lectures, discussions, and activities. Water rockets, HAM radio demonstrations, guidance from ISRO scientists, and student business plans were just some of the activities. SEDSIC 2007 also marked a personal meeting of the international SEDS community in a generation and the initiation of greater activities within SEDS-India.

The success story continued with VITU again hosting the first ever SEDS-INDIA national conference in the year 2009.
With the theme of 'Vision for Indian Space Programme' , the conference saw the participation of more than 200 national participants.
The main attraction of the conference was the NATIONAL SMALL SATELLITE SYMPOSIUM' which provided a platform for students all over the country to discuss the progress and have their cubesat project analysed by a panel of great ISRO scientists.

This year we are continuing this trend and organising SINC'10.
The venue is VITU and the tentative dates are 3rd april 2010 and 4 th april 2010.

Monday, April 27, 2009

SEDS India Votes 2009

A little more than 400 members will cast their vote between April 27 and May 1, 2009 to elect the next Executive Committee of SEDS India. There are 24 candidates in the fray for 6 top positions to which elections are being held. 

The elections are being held using an online tool called BallotBin. 

The election results will be declared on May 2, 2009 on the mailing list and on the blog. The new Executive Committee will take office on June 1, 2009. All the best to all the candidates and requesting all members to cast their ballot and choose!

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

SEDS India Elects 2009

The annual Elections to the Executive Committee is scheduled to be held between April 27 and May 1, 2009. The online election procedure will use a free online election management tool called BallotBin. The following is the election procedure:
  1. Each SEDS India member shall recieve a mail frm BallotBin asking them to following a link to caste their vote.
  2. As you open the link, Candidate Names would appear under six categories for each of the six posts.
  3. More information about each candidate can be obtained on the spot by checking the "bio" section.
  4. Select your choice for each of the six posts and submit!
  5. You shall recieve a confirmation of your successful vote through email.
  6. Results shall be posted on the mailing list, SEDS India blog and website as soon as the polling ends on 1st MAY 2009.
The candidate profiles is posted online on our Election website. All members of SEDS India are encouraged to cast their ballot and decide the next Executive Committee of SEDS India.

Monday, April 20, 2009

First Indian Student and Spy Sat launched

Yesterday saw the first launch after the successful October 22 launch of Chandrayaan 1. PSLV C-12 carried the RISAT-2 with ANUSAT [PDF]for piggyback. Both satellites were launched from Sriharikota on the PSLV that took off at 6:45 am in the morning, local time on April 20, 2009 and were successfully placed in orbit by the PSLV on its fourteenth trip.

While the RISAT-2's end application is being questioned with ISRO slightly wary of the spysat tag, media houses across India celebrated the launch of India's first spy satellite, RISAT-2. RISAT-2 was acquired from the Israeli company with same specifications as its TecSAR satellite, which India's Antrix Corporation (ISRO's commercial arm) launched last year. RISAT-2 is believed to have been put on fast-track development following the Mumbai terror attacks and is believed to be helpful in keeping an eye on its borders. India had to earlier depend on US and Canadian satellites for such data. India is now one of the few countries (Japan, Canada, Germany, Israel and the US) to have such a capability. 

The second satellite, ANUSAT, which piggybacked with the RISAT-2 is a story that is worth putting in the spotlight. It is India's first student-developed satellite. ANUSAT was developed by students and staff of India's pretigious Anna University. This satellite has been in development since 2003. The satellite worth Rs. 4 crores and weighing in at 40 kgs is hoped to be among the first of several student satellites that Indian universities are developing.

For SEDS, this is a great day. In February, during the SEDS India National Conference 2009, we hosted many of the teams that are building such microsatellites during the National Small Satellite Symposium (NS3). We hope that besides our own VITSAT-1, we get to see many of these teams launch their sats into space!

We congragulate the ANUSAT team for their success and for all their hard work in putting India's first student satellite in orbit. We also thank ISRO for encouraging such student-level development of satellites.

Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Elections to the Executive Committee of SEDS India

Students for the Exploration and Development of Space (SEDS), India will conduct its national elections in April, 2009. The elections were to be held in February, 2009 but delays have caused the elections to be postponed to April 2009.

Elections will be to 6 offices or posts:
1. President
2. Vice President
3. Secretary
4. Treasurer
5. Joint Secretary (Events and Projects)
6. Joint Secretary (PR and Outreach)

The important election dates are as follows:
1. April 13: Nominations opens
2. April 18: Campaigning opens
3. April 21: Nominations close
4. April 24: Campaigning closes
5. April 26: Election Day

An Election Commissioner, Rasika V from the SEDS chapter at VIT has been selected to overlook the fair conduct of elections. Members of the current Executive Committee are not allowed to contest elections.

The results will be declared on or before April 30. 

National Small Satellites Symposium - SEDS India National Conference 2009

The National Small Satellite Symposium was held on 28 Feb and 1 march 2009 as a part of SEDS India National Conference (SINC’09). The symposium was a platform for all the university students’ satellite projects across the country to interact with each other and share their knowledge for mutual benefit. Teams from IIT Mumbai, SBMJ college, Bangalore and IIT Chennai and VITU participated in the symposium and gave  a technical presentation of their projects in front of a panel consisting of experts in field of satellite technology. The symposium started with Dr. Geetha Manivasgam, co-convener of SINC’09 welcoming the reviewer panel. It was followed by a brief introduction of the satellite project of each team. Each team was asked to give an overview of their project aim, mission and work done till date.  This concluded the first day of the symposium.              

On the second day all the teams gave a 60 minutes technical presentation before the panel. The panel critically examined and reviewed the work done by each team and gave suggestion to solve the technical problems faced by them and improve the quality of work done. Mementos were given to every member of the panel by Prof Asokamani and Prof Natarajan as a token of gratitude. Finally a vote of thanks was presented with which the symposium concluded.

No of colleges participated:  
1) IIT Bombay                      
2) Sri Bhagwan Mahavir Jain College Of Engg.                      
3) IIT Madras                      
4) VIT University

Reviewers Panel  :  
1) Dr. Raghava Murthy, Director Small System Satellites                     
2) Dr. Venugopalan, ISAC Banglore                     
3) Mr. A. Loganathan, ISAC Banglore                     
4) Mr. C. Prabhakaran, ISAC Banglore                     
 5) Mr. V. Mahadevan, ISAC Banglore

We hope that even other colleges and universities hold such symposium inviting our members to participate and mutually share knowledge and experience in building satellite sub systems for small satellites. We also thank the Reviewers Panel for reviewing these projects and pointing out ways for participants' to solve technical difficulties.