[amsat-bb] Anusat - the reply.

John Hackett archie.hackett at hotmail.com
Wed Apr 22 15:53:27 PDT 2009

          To answer your question ...

 I followed the third link from the Southgate Amateur Radio Club bulletin
regarding ANUSAT and the quote to which you refer..

The complete text follows ... 

(According to the story, the quote is by the Vice Chancellor of the Anne 
University ... which is why I found it worthy of note).

ANUSAT being an acronym for ANne University Satellite

While not SPECIFICALLY stating exam results would be tramsmitted by 
this satellite Dr P. M. Jawahar's remarks are quoted in the same ontext 
and paragraph as the the rest of the information regarding the Anusat satellite, which, according the Amsat India website is an 'AMATEUR' satellite.

12 years ago we were warned by Vommander John Brannegan that we would lose
the amateur satellite bands to the universities.

It looks like Winston Churchill was on the ball as well ... this is not the end, it's not even the beginning of the end - but perhaps it's the end of the beginning. 

(With apologies to Winnie The Poo).

73 John.   <la2qaa at amsat.org>


April 20, 2009 11:17 AM
India Launches University-built Satellite

 By P. Vijian

NEW DELHI, April 20 (Bernama) -- India successfully placed two
satellites in the sky early today, one of which was designed and built
by Anna University in Chennai -- the first satellite built by an Indian

 The Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C-12) soared into the sky
at 6.45am (9.15am in Malaysia) from the Sriharikota spaceport in Andra
Pradesh, in south India, lifting the two satellites, RISAT-2 and ANUSAT
-- an abbreviation for Anna University Satellite.

 "The indigenous ANUSAT was designed, built and fabricated by 10
faculty members from Anna University. It took us nearly eight years to

 "This micro satellite will help in storing and forwarding data. It
will help us send confidential data, like examination papers. This is a
proud moment for India and the university," Anna University
vice-chancellor Dr P. Mannar Jawahar told Bernama.

 The India Space Research Organisation (ISRO) funded the ANUSAT
communication satellite, weighing 40kg and costing nearly RM5 million.
It has a life span of two years.

 The Israel-designed RISAT-2 or Radar Imaging Satellite, weighing
300kg, with all-weather capability to take images of the earth, would
enhance ISRO's disaster management ability.

 "RISAT will help us in monitoring natural disasters like floods
and cyclones. It has a life span of three years. ANUSAT is the first
experimental communication satellite built by an Indian university
under the guidance of ISRO," ISRO spokesperson S. Sathis told Bernama.

 Last October, ISRO launched the Chandrayaan-1 spacecraft that is now exploring the moon from lunar orbit.

To: eu-amsat at yahoogroups.com
From: m5aka at yahoo.co.uk
Date: Wed, 22 Apr 2009 22:13:10 +0000
Subject: Re: [eu-amsat] ANUSAT - amateur satellite ??.



> One wonders (specifically, LA2QAA) - what 'confidential data 

> like examination papers' - would be doing on an 'amateur satellite'. 

I am not aware that anyone at the University has said that confidential data would be passed by the satellite on an Amateur frequency. Do you have any University references for that quote? 

My understanding was that this was a technology demonstrator for a store and forward system. 

While you could in theory build a dedicated satellite for handling exam papers you have to ask why bother since you could use any number of far cheaper alternative systems. 

It sounds to me like the type of paper justication you might make to get funds for a demonstrator project. Bear in mind that the mass media can distort things that they don't understand. 

One of the students, Sidharth Balasubramanian, who was involved in the development of the ANUSAT communications system has some information on his website. No specific freqs quoted except for the 149.522 MHz command receiver, see 


73 Trevor M5AKA

Amateur Radio Daily RSS News: http://www.southgatearc.org/ 





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