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Space jam

As satellites built by students begin to dot the skies at seamless intervals, India's dreams of exploring the final frontier are now cradled in colleges

Space jam

For the past few months, Bengaluru-based research associate Kavya Shree has been consistently tracking two of Indian Space Research Organisation's (Isro) satellites, the Oceansat-2 and Cartosat-2. "It's for practice," she says. At 9:12 am on September 26, if all goes as planned, Isro will use its reliable Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle, PSLV-C35, to fire a 377-kg satellite called SCATSAT-1 for ocean and weather-related studies from the Satish Dhawan Space Centre SHAR, Sriharikota. While SCATSAT-1 will have five foreign co-passengers from Algeria, Canada and the US, ...