The University has said that the station will not only act as a resource for LPU and its researchers but will also be a virtual lab for other educational institutions in India and neighbouring countries. “With automatic antenna adjustment and precise digital signal processing, this professional station has two major modules-Satellite Tracking and Amateur Radio (HAM radio), along with many other salient features. It can track multiple satellites, which are presently over 3000 and can collect real time satellite images,” said a statement issued by the LPU.
“It can be used for a host of functions, from determining the position of assets like vehicles and cattle, city planning, weather forecast as well as disaster management support. It is also helpful for community connect; communication with mobile assets including drones; monitoring power lines and land-slides,” the University said.
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“The Space station would allow students and researchers to communicate with the International Space Stations as well as receive data from nanosatellites and other spacecraft. The centre will carry out awareness programs related to space research and remote sensing with the support of Punjab Remote Sensing Centre, as well. Space station at LPU also offers an internet-to-orbit gateway mission control centre, for public use,” said LPU chancellor Ashok Mittal.
He said that LPU’s Centre for Space Research was closely related to Space Situational Awareness & Management (SSAM) program of ISRO.