Odisha man, team builds private satellite

10 cm cube-sized communication satellite will be launched into space by a U.S.-based firm in Nov.
Gurudatta Panda, a 28-year-old from Odisha’s Berhampur, is part of a small team of technocrats that built a satellite for a private satellite design, manufacturing and management company. The eight-member team, including Mr. Panda, from Hyderabad-based Exseed Space Private Limited has constructed 10 cm cube-sized communication satellite, which will be launched into space by the United States-based SpaceX in November.
Last phase tests
Speaking to The Hindu over telephone, Mr. Panda said the small satellite will carry a linear transponder on FM for voice communication. Last phase tests of the satellite are being conducted. He claimed this is the first of its kind private space endeavour. Sources said this small communication satellite has been constructed a cost of less than Rs. 20 lakh. Mr. Panda’s father Prana Chandra Panda is a retired Ayurveda doctor and his mother Manisha Dash a teacher. Born and brought up in the city, Mr. Panda completed his diploma in engineering from Uma Charan Pattnaik Engineering School in Berhampur, his BTech in Electronics and Telecommunication from Centurion University in Gajapati district. In 2011, he had joined the Railways and worked there for three years. He left the job in 2014 for an MTech course at the National Institute of Science and Technology (NIST) near Berhampur. After MTech, he joined Exseed Space.
Ham radio
Mr. Panda, a ham radio enthusiast, helped in communication through his ham set-up when cyclone Phailin hit Ganjam district in 2013. He hoped that more youngsters from Odisha get interested in aerospace technology, an emerging field of development in the country.
Source :  https://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-national/odisha-man-team-builds-private-satellite/article24963916.ece

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