A group of students from Indian Institute of Technology – Madras (IIT-M) has begun a study 4 years ago to determine the unpredictable earthquakes. The study is termed as IIT-Madras Student Satellite Project or IITMSAT.
The study grew and involved 150 students as well as few professors to transform itself into a huge multidisciplinary project, at present. The same is also being under the supervision of the engineers at the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO).
The study is based on the technique of sending a satellite in space to detect radiation from the earth in advance to occurring of an earthquake, this development is yet to receive a scientific and technological validation. Within few months, the satellite will be reviewed by ISRO.
After the preliminary design of the satellite is accepted and finalized, the students will commence to integrate the components of satellite which will then be launched by a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), likely to be in the fourth quarter of 2015. This will be the third satellite that will be built in a university in India. After it will be launched the satellite will track changes in sudden precipitation of charged particles known as ions, and this reflects as the preliminary sign of an imminent earthquake. The Nano satellite to contribute to research on precursors to seismic activity
The idea of building a satellite was conceptualized in 2009 after a few students went to attend a lecture by Muriel Richard, an engineer at the Swiss technical university EPFL.