With a Vision to take BITS beyond the boundaries of Earth, a group of undergraduates with a common interest and passion for space research and engineering came together and led the foundations of Team Anant in January 2013 to give BITS Pilani its first indigenously built nanosatellite and provide learning opportunities to the students of the institute, empowering them with the skills to develop the satellite through various phases of design, analysis and fabrication.
Before the project officially started in November 2013, a core team comprising of 4 students did initial research on several existing student satellites for a few months and designed the various subsystems of the satellite and the tasks that will have to be performed over the years. In end of September 2013, the project was introduced to the HODs of all departments and was approved with Prof. Rikmantra Basu as the faculty coordinator and total of 12 faculty members as a guiding support for the project.
Recruitments were held during December 2013 – January 2014 in which nearly 350 students applied and 10 people were selected.
A small ground station at BITS Pilani, Pilani Campus was set up by making a double cross antenna for ground reception of NOAA weather satellite signals were successful in obtaining the clear images of India.
Project Anant was one among the top projects that were selected for Project showcase in BITSAA Global Meet 2014 held in Hyderabad and was most appreciated by our Alumni. Mr Prem Jain, Co- CEO & CFO of Insieme called the project as most ambitious and the beacon of inspiration.
Team Anant is now a group of 15 students from 5 disciplines of engineering and science with an aim to build a nanosatellite and test three emerging and cost effective technologies, Hyperspectral imaging, FPGA based on board computing and MEMS based microthruster’s propulsion system. This project presents a wonderful learning experience to the students of working on a real life multi- disciplinary complex system.