This Bengalurean turns soda cans into mini-satellites
BENGALURU: You don’t have to be a space scientist to launch a satellite. All you have to do is stock up some empty beverage cans and turn them into mini satellites.
That’s exactly what a city based computer engineer has been doing for the past two years. He has converted Coke, Red Bull and beer cans into mini-satellites to create an open-source database on several city parameters, including temperature and pollution levels. Suraj Kumar Jana, 22, founder of Opencube Labs, is the mastermind behind the project monikered as CanSat Development Programme. CanSat is a sounding rocket balloon payload built of open hardware (Arduino, RaspberryPi) with the entire satellite components assembled inside a 350ml soda can.
The CanSat project was aunched in 2014 to provide students an experience of smallscale space missions through several workshops conducted across the city.