An Industrial visit to U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Bangalore, was organized by the Department of Electrical & Electronics Engineering, on 21st August, 2018. It was a half day visit by 42 students of the 7th semester, along with 2 faculty members. U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) is the lead centre of the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), responsible for design, development, assembly and integration of communication, navigation, remote sensing satellites.
For the benefit of students, URSC has a space exhibition centre. Our students were able to explore spacecraft subsystems and components, through the space exhibition. Scientist Mr. H L Srinivasa explained about all the display units at the space exhibition. These include models of the first Indian satellite Aryabhatta, APPLE, INSAT series etc. Satellites are basically of two types – Indian Remote Sensing (IRS) satellites and communication satellites. IRS-1A was the first remote sensing mission undertaken by URSC.
The assembling of Chandrayana-1 was demonstrated through a video, which gave the students a clear understanding about placing of satellites in the lunar orbit, and also on the different stages of satellite launch. Mr. Srinivas enlightened the students on the importance of robotics in space applications. He informed the interested audience of our students that MOM carried a rover which can explore the geographical features of MARS. According to Mr. Srinivas, a robot was integrated with Chandrayana-2 for remote sensing and surveying. It was indeed a great experience for the students.
The students gained knowledge about different solar array panels and batteries used in the satellites. A working model was also demonstrated to the students. Various images of India taken at different angles from the satellites, for the purpose of geographical / weather study, were shown to them. Latest images of the moon obtained from satellites were also shown. Needless to say, the Industrial Visit was highly beneficial to the students, helping them to understand first-hand, the various aspects of the satellite and space missions accomplished by URSC.
Mr. Sathish Kumar H and
Mrs. P Praveena