January 15 2022: A constellation of 75 Low Earth Orbit (LEO) satellites will be launched later this year—by a consortium of academic institutions in India.
Named UNITYsat, the mission will mark the 75 years of India's independence.
The project is helmed by the Kalpana Chawla Centre for Research in Space Science & Technology at Chandigarh University, with 11 other institutions including Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, IIT-Bombay, Jeppiaar Institute of Technology, Sriperumbudur, G.H.Raisoni College of Engineering, Nagpur and Sri Shakti Institute of Engineering and Technology, Coimbatore,
The Indian Technology Congress Association (ITCA) has joined hands with the Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) to push these satellites into orbit in what will be the first experimental long-range inter-satellite and ground communication system to demonstrate IoT in space.The mission will demonstrate audio streaming and broadcasting from the Low Earth Orbit region when the constellation of satellites flies over India. Dr B Priestly Shan, dean of academic affairs at Chandigarh University told IndiaToday: "It's an IoT-based constellation that will target towards the behaviour of satellite interconnection in space and how inter-satellite communication can be achieved in a better way in the Low Earth Orbit. The satellites will be forming a constellation and passing information among them and broadcasting the data down to Earth.