Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Seminar at I.I.T Bombay

The entire team of Atharva Satellite Ground Station was present at the workshop held at I.I.T. Bombay on the 21st and 22nd of March. The workshop was held by students of I.I.T- Bombay and ACE-GS with the purpose of involving more engineering colleges to their student satellite project PRATHAM. Students representing various engineering colleges throughout India were present during the seminar.

The colleges included:

1) Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur

2) National Institute of Technology, Karnataka, Surathkal

3) National Institute of Technology, Bhopal

4) University School of Sciences, Ahmedabad

5) Thapar University, Patiala

6) University Collage of Engineering, Kota

7) Yadavrao Tasgoankar College of Engineering and Management

8) Government Engineering College, Gandhinagar

9) Vishwakarma Government Engineering College, Chandkheda

The seminar started with an introduction on PRATHAM by Shantanu Shahane, the  project manager of PRATHAM. He covered many the important points like the payload and other sub systems and its history and currents status. This was followed by a presentation on communication overview, different modulation techniques used for PRATHAM and the power link budget estimations presented by Ayush Yadav, a member of the PRATHAM team.

Post lunch, the session commenced with a presentation on antenna basics by team members of ACE GS- Priyank Salot, Aishwarya Wahane, Pragnesh Panchal, Shweta Palande and Anoop Tiwari. The topics covered by us included an introduction and background of Atharva Satellite Ground Station, a detailed explanation of the block diagram of our setup, types of antennas and antenna parameters, designing, fabrication and characterization of antennas. Many of the participating students present in the seminar came to us with their doubts post the presentation and we are glad that we were able to solve their queries.This was followed by a presentation on mechanical aspects of a typical ground station by Ratnesh Mishra, a team member of the PRATHAM.

On the second day, Rachna Agarwal from the PRATHAM team gave a presentation on HAM communication, transceivers and the phase measurement chip AD8302.

The seminar was a great opportunity for us as we presented a seminar along with I.I.T. Bombay in front of many universities all over India, which gave a lot of exposure to Atharva College of Engineering. We are also glad that we along with I.I.T. Bombay could spread your knowledge to other colleges helping them to setup their own ground station and bring up healthy virtues between different colleges.

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