Indian student’s Anitha-SAT launched from Mexico City

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Anitha-SAT, a lightweight satellite developed by a 17-year-old Class XII pass out student of RSK Higher Secondary School at Tiruchi in Tamil Nadu, was recently launched from Aztra Labs in Mexico City. The satellite is designed to measure the effects of air pollution and global warming. Villet Oviya, a medical aspirant, who appeared for NEET, had named the conical-shaped satellite after the late Ariyalur student who could not pursue her career in medicine after failing to clear the entrance test. Fitted with a global positioning system and a camera, the satellite weighing 500 g was pushed into the troposphere, to a height of 15 km, in a helium balloon. Thereafter, the balloon exploded and the capsule began its descent towards the sea, measuring temperature, air quality and concentration of gases in the strata of atmosphere.