Only Kerala school selected for building ISRO’s AzaadiSAT is in Malappuram

Subin Mathew

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Students partcipated in the ISRO project with head teacher of the school

Malappuram: When the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches AzaadiSAT in connection with the 75th Independence day celebrations on Sunday at 9.18 am, it will be a moment of pride for Govt High School Cheriyam in Malappuram. The students of this school were a part of the project behind the maiden flight of AzaadiSAT, an ISRO project.

GHS Cheriyam was the only school from Kerala that could contribute to this dream project of ISRO, focusing on the potential of school students in the country. The students in Cheriyam school had developed a chip for the AzaadiSAT to calculate temperature and speed.

The school received an email from Space Kidz, a space research institute headquartered in Chennai, in the month of February. Soon the school authorities completed registration procedures for participating in the project. Following this, they received a phone call informing them that the school was selected for the project.

P Anwar Basheer, the head teacher of the school convened a meeting of 10 selected students in March 2022 and told them that they together have to work for a component in a satellite that would be launched by ISRO. The students chosen for the project were P Hana, K Arsha, K Nusla, CP Ansha, K Niha, K Fahmiya, A Nitha, K Niha, Naja, and K Diya Fathima. They were the students from Classes 9 and 10.

Namitha Prakash

A box with a chip and other materials arrived at school on March 10. The works were initiated under the guidance of the Physics teacher Namitha Prakash. The team received guidelines from the authorities of Space Kidz from time to time. The students and teacher worked on the project during lunch breaks and finished the project within three days. They developed the chip by enabling it to measure temperature and speed and sent the chip to Chennai on March 17.

The satellite will be launched onboard an SSLV (Small Satellite Launch Vehicle) from Satish Dhawan Space Centre in Sriharikota on Sunday morning.

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