Young Tinker Academy presents
Student Satellite Team
Young Tinker Academy’s student team will be launching a CubeSat (cube-sized satellite) named YTSAT 2.0 (Young Tinker Satellite 2.0) in Nayapalli, Bhubaneswar.
This satellite was developed by 10 Odia students to determine the Air Quality index and find a possible solution for climate change. The aim of this launch is to study the amount of pollution caused by industries and vehicles in the atmosphere in today’s world. The students have included various sensors like temperature sensors, humidity sensors, and air quality sensors on their own satellite.
About YTSAT 2.0
The size of CubeSat is 12.3cm x 12.3cm x 12.3cm. It has a mass of 1.28 kg (generally less than 2kg).
Students have given the power supply so that this sensor can work properly. The YTSAT 2.0 consists of two circuits “the sender circuit” and “the receiver circuit”. The communication between them is done using Arduino nano and LoRa (long-range distance) module and other electronic equipment.
The working of this satellite can be explained in 4 stages.
- Stage 1 – involves the launching of a satellite with the help of a helium balloon (as helium is light gas).
- Stage 2 – involves the ascent of a satellite. At this stage, as the satellite moves up it will collect the different data such as air quality, temperature, and humidity. This collected data will be sent to the ground station where students can see and use this information.
- Stage 3 – is when the satellite reaches maximum height i.e., 20-25 km. At this height, the helium balloon will burst, and then the satellite will start to come down with the help of a parachute that is fixed in YTSAT 2.0.
- Stage 4 – involves the descent of the satellite. During this time, the satellite again repeats the same task of collecting data and sending it to the ground station.
The advantage of YTSAT2.0 is it can be used for climate and environment monitoring, pollution levels can be detected, etc.
The Procedure of Induction into the team:
- Students have to fill in the application form available online on the Academy’s website.
- Phase-1 shortlisting will be done on the basis of responses given via the form.
- Phase-2: Shortlisted students will be interview via a telephonic call.
- Phase-3: Shortlisted students will be interviewed via a Video call.
- Final Phase: The Head of Induction will conduct a test and an interview offline.
Eligibility criteria for students:
- Studying in Grade 6 to 12 in any school in India
- Good English communication