ISRO to organise space exhibition in Pune on Feb 15, 16, 17

A highly popular and educative space exhibition by the world-renowned premier organisation of the country, ISRO is being organised in Pune on February 15, 16 and 17, 2019.

College Of Engineering Pune (COEP) is the co-organisers of the ISRO’s Exhibition, which highlights a set of posters related to ISRO satellites and their applications, Chandrayaan/ Mars mission; scaled down models of ISRO rockets, satellites; a working model showing satellites orbiting around earth; video documentaries show on Mars mission and Chandrayaan mission; how to join ISRO – IIST. Also, ISRO’s Geo portal-BHUVAN website will be demonstrated during the exhibition.

Suresh Naik, ex-group director ISRO, a well known senior space scientist from Pune, along with Suhas Punekar, managing director ‘Punekar Educational Initiatives’, is leading a movement, aiming to give a huge thrust to Space technology education, a fascinating subject which is fast catching the imagination of the students across the country. The exhibition is being organised as part of this initiative.

It will provide a great opportunity for the youth not only to learn about ISRO’s history and glorious space missions through posters, models & videos but also to interact with ISRO’s scientists in person.

Punekar Educational Initiatives Pvt Ltd along with “Suresh Naik Space Education Center” Pune, are set to drive a revolution in innovation in Space Technology with an exciting two days’ premium educational event, comprising of Satellite design, it’s construction and launching by the school students.

The first ever CubSat workshop was conducted in a school in Pune in July 2018 with resounding success. Since then, more than 800 students from various schools in Pune & Lonavala have zealously participated in this exciting workshop.

The workshop aims at simulating space environment of real space mission with an objective of providing the basic knowledge of space science, satellites, electronics and embedded systems followed by the on-hands activity by the students’-groups under the guidance of experienced trainers.

These desirous students are given a specifically prepared brief syllabus based on which an entrance test (MCQ) is conducted. Based on the performance the students are selected. Separate tests are conducted for students of 6th to 8th class & 9th to 12th class.

In this novel workshop a miniature satellite, weighing about 350 grams fitted into a structure slightly bigger than a soft- drink can and equipped with a parachute would be assembled by groups of five students each.

The students also make the parachute and the ground station as a part of the workshop. A specially designed kit provides the students with all the parts, materials & tools. After the integration, the system is tested by the students on the ground before the launch.

The climax of this dramatic mission would be the launching of the CubSats. The students really enjoy watching their self made CubSat flying 15/20 m high with the help of a drone, after getting detached the satellite descending gracefully with the help of a parachute, and at the same time transmitting the atmospheric data in real time wirelessly like air temperature etc. using a ground station also built by them.

On February 15, the third event of the SSEC & PEI will take place at the Ganesh Kala Krida Munch, where the website – sureshnaikcubsat.com would be launched followed by an interesting talk on Space Technology related topic by Prof Suresh Naik and others to the students.

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