Pratham (satellite)

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Pratham Final Flight Model
Mission type Ionospheric
Operator IIT Bombay
COSPAR ID 2016-059A
SATCAT no. 41783Edit this on Wikidata
Website Pratham, IIT Bombay Student Satellite Initiative
Mission duration 4 months
Spacecraft properties
Manufacturer Student Satellite Lab, IIT Bombay
Launch mass 10.15 kilograms (22.4 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date September 26, 2016
Rocket PSLV
Launch site Satish Dhawan, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh
Contractor ISRO
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth

Pratham is an Indian ionospheric research satellite which will be operated by the Indian Institute of Technology Bombay as part of the Student Satellite Initiative. Its primary mission is to count electrons in the Earth's ionosphere.[1]

The Pratham spacecraft is a cube with 30-centimetre (12 in) sides and a mass of around 10.15 kilograms (22.4 lb).[2] It was conceptualized by a team of students under the supervision of Professor K. Sudhakar.[3] Pratham was successfully launched on 26 September 2016 from Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh along with 7 other satellites on PSLV C-35.


'Pratham' has a Four-fold Mission[1] Statement:

  1. Enabling students and faculty to gain knowledge and experience in the field of Satellite and Space Technology.
  2. Empowering the Satellite Team with the skills to develop the Satellite through various phases of Design, Analysis, Fabrication and Testing until the Flight Model is made.
  3. Launching the satellite into orbit and measuring Total Electron Count of the Ionosphere.
  4. Involving students from other universities in our Satellite mission by building ground stations in their universities.

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  1. ^ a b "Mission". Pratham. IIT Bombay Student Satellite Initiative. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Kartha, Riya (20 August 2008). "At IIT-Bombay, a satellite built by students takes shape". Express India. Archived from the original on 4 October 2012. Retrieved 28 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "Team". Pratham. IIT Bombay Student Satellite Initiative. Retrieved 28 March 2010.