HYDERABAD, TS, INDIA (21 NOVEMBER, 2022) It’s official! Dhruva Space is slated to launch two amateur radio communication nanosatellites as part of ISRO’s PSLV C54 mission. The mission, named Thybolt Mission, will see the launch of the company’s nanosatellites, on 26 November at 11:46am.
Earlier this June, Dhruva Space successfully space-qualified its Satellite Orbital Deployer onboard PSLV C53. Now, the company’s indigenously-developed 0.5U satellites named Thybolt-1 and Thybolt-2, will be demonstrated and qualified in Low Earth Orbit.
With a spotlight on amateur radio (ham radio) communications, the Thybolt Mission is supported by various ham radio clubs across India: Star Fleet Amateur Radio Club, National Institute for Amateur Radio (NIAR), Indian Institute of Hams, Aniruddha's Academy of Disaster Management, West Bengal Amateur Radio Club, Indian Academy of Communication and Disaster Management, and SSM College of Engineering.
Ahead of the launch, Sanjay Nekkanti, CEO, Dhruva Space Private Limited, observes, “As we continue our journey as a full-stack Space-engineering solutions provider, we look forward to launching Thybolt-1 and Thybolt-2 into Space! Many of Team Dhruva Space have a passion for amateur radio, therefore we wish to extend the ability of conducting amateur satellite communication activities to amateur operators who have helped us come this far, while also enabling many more amateurs to operate, test and learn in the course of this mission.”
Nekkanti continues, “Our journey as India's first Space-Technology startup takes another giant leap as we put the first privately-owned Indian satellites in Space. It is also momentous that on November 26, we will be observing 10 years of Dhruva Space. It has been a fruitful journey over the past decade, observing how the private Space sector opened up. Now, we are excited to lead the private industry-led Space revolution in India. Building indigenous capability in the domain of small satellite technology is an integral part of our philosophy. We thank the Government of India, Department of Space, ISRO, IN-SPACe and NewSpace India Limited, for their committed support.”
Dhruva Space, founded in 2012, is a National Startup Award-winning, full-stack space engineering solutions provider based in Hyderabad, India. The company is active across Space, Launch, and Ground segments, and supports civilian and defence clients worldwide.
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