Hyderabad, TS, INDIA (14 August, 2022) Dhruva Space Private Limited is pleased to share that on August 10, the startup successfully accomplished a High Altitude Balloon (HAB) mission in collaboration with the Tata Institute of Fundamental Research (TIFR).
The achievement was completed in light of the 75th anniversary of Indian Independence - ‘Azadi Ka Amrit Mahotsav.’ This initiative by the Government of India celebrates and commemorates a landmark chapter of the country’s Independence as well as the history of the people, cultures, and achievements.
The purpose of a High Altitude Balloon mission is to undertake experiments in near-Space conditions. These large balloons filled with helium or hydrogen are released at ground level with payloads attached, climbing to a maximum altitude of around 30 kilometres. The balloon then bursts and the payload returns to Earth via parachute. The payloads and science data are then recovered.
Dhruva Space’s HAB mission had support from Hyderabad’s amateur radio clubs: National Institute of Amateur Radio, Star Fleet Amateur Radio Club, and Lamakaan Amateur Radio Club. This mission primarily enabled extensive testing of Dhruva Space’s P-DoT CubeSat’s telemetry, telecommand and beacon links with the startup’s ground stations.
Pleased with the mission success, Sanjay Nekkanti, CEO, Dhruva Space, says, “Through our collaboration with amateur radio clubs and operators across Hyderabad, Telangana, we want to enable many more amateur radio enthusiasts to be able to operate, test and learn in the journey of our first satellite mission. We anticipate this will encourage individuals, institutions and corporations to embrace the knowledge that amateur radio can contribute to their overall development. We are grateful to the support extended by Tata Institute of Fundamental Research for supporting our initiative, and look forward to more partnerships.”
Tata Institute of Fundamental Research is a National Centre of the Government of India, under the umbrella of the Department of Atomic Energy, as well as a deemed University awarding degrees for Master's and Doctoral programs. The Institute was founded in 1945 with support from the Sir Dorabji Tata Trust under the vision of Dr. Homi Bhabha.
TIFR carries out basic research in physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics, computer science and science education. The main campus is located in Mumbai, with centres in Pune, Bengaluru and Hyderabad.
Dhruva Space, founded in 2012, is a full-stack space engineering solutions provider based in Hyderabad, India, and in Graz, Austria. The company is active across space, launch, and ground segments, and supports civilian and defence clients worldwide.
Dhruva Space offers satellite/s coupled with Earth station/s and launch services as an integrated solution or individually as technology solutions to power space-based applications on Earth and beyond.
In October 2020, Dhruva Space was recognised with the National Startup Award by the Government of India for its efforts in Satellite and Space Technology. In June 2022, Dhruva Space became one of the first private companies to receive authorisation from IN-SPACe for space activities and later, the company's Satellite Orbital Deployer (DSOD-1U) was successfully tested and space-qualified on-board ISRO's PSLV C53 mission.
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