Jugnu (satellite)

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Mission type Remote Sensing
Operator IIT Kanpur
COSPAR ID 2011-058B
Spacecraft properties
Launch mass 3 kilograms (6.6 lb)
Start of mission
Launch date 12 October 2011 (2011-10-12)
Rocket PSLV-CA C18
Launch site Satish Dhawan FLP
Contractor ISRO
Orbital parameters
Reference system Geocentric
Regime Low Earth

Jugnu (Hindi: जुगनू), is an Indian technology demonstration and remote sensing satellite which will be operated by the Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Built under the guidance of Dr. N. S. Vyas, it is a nanosatellite which will be used to provide data for agriculture[1] and disaster monitoring.[2] It is a 3-kilogram (6.6 lb) spacecraft, which measures 34 centimetres (13 in) in length by 10 centimetres (3.9 in) in height and width. Its development programme cost around 25 million rupee.[3] It has a design life of one year.[4]

Jugnu's primary instrument is the Micro Imaging System,[4] a near infrared camera which will be used to observe vegetation.[5] It also carries a GPS receiver to aid tracking, and is intended to demonstrate a microelectromechanical inertial measurement unit.[4]

The Primary Objectives of the mission were:

  1. To initiate research activities towards development of MEMS based Nano-satellite.
  2. To test new cheap solutions for the future cost effective space missions.

Jugnu was launched on 12 October 2011 into low Earth orbit by a PSLV-CA C18.[6]


  1. ^ "IIT-K Satellite Jugnu In Final Stages". Space Daily. 16 February 2009. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  2. ^ Podprocky, Peter (9 March 2010). "'JUGNU' NANO-SATELLITE". United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  3. ^ "ISRO to Launch 'Jugnu' Satellite Made by IIT-Kanpur". Indian Web Startups. 25 February 2010. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  4. ^ a b c "Introduction". Jugnu. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  5. ^ "Satelliet [sic] Subsystems". Jugnu. Indian Institute of Technology Kanpur. Retrieved 21 March 2010. 
  6. ^ "PSLV-C18 carrying weather satellite launched". The Times Of India.