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About HITS

HINDUSTAN INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY & SCIENCE (HITS),is a leading prestigious and recognized institution in India, located at Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Commenced in 1985, it offers a wide spectrum of Undergraduate, Postgraduate, Diploma, Research & Doctoral Programmes in diverse fields of Engineering, Technology, Architecture, Management, Law, Fashion Design, Aviation, Applied Sciences, Allied Sciences, and Arts and Sciences. HITS is recognised as Deemed to be University by UGC in 2008 and received Category-II status from MHRD which empowers HITS with Academic Autonomy. The technical courses at UG and PG levels are approved by AICTE. NBA has certified five undergraduate programmes offered by Aeronautical Engineering, Automobile Engineering, Computer Science and Engineering, Civil Engineering, and Mechanical Engineering under Tier 1 category. HITS is a part of the most illustrious Hindustan Group of Institutions which caters to the academic needs of over 15,000 students.

About the Centre

At Centre of Excellence in Satellite Technology (CEST), we strive to create innovative solutions that leverage the power of space to benefit society. Our team of experts are dedicated to developing advanced satellite technologies that can revolutionize the way we live, work and communicate with each other. We are also committed to providing advanced training and research in the field of satellite technology and development, so that more people can understand and make use of the powerful tools available in this field. The centre will have Research & Development expertise in the following fields:

1. Nano Satellite

2. Mission Design

3. Nano Satellite Constellation

4. Constellation Optimization

5. Cube Sats

6. Low Earth Orbit Satellite Tracking Station

7. Precision Agriculture using space technology

8. Astronomy

9. Launch Vehicles

10. Space Habitability (Russian Collaboration)

11. Manned Space Mission (Russian Collaboration)


International Advisory Board 

Objectives of CEST

A. Develop a series of nanosatellites designed to address various societal needs such as monitoring water bodies, providing emergency assistance to fishermen, mapping Earth's radiation levels, and more.

B. Showcase the ability of a low Earth orbit (LEO) satellite constellation to communicate with each other through inter-satellite communication.

C. Design and implement a range of ground-based sensors, such as asset tracking devices and sensors for monitoring water levels in ponds and establish a connection with the satellite constellation for seamless real-time data transfer.

D. Provide education and training to students in the rapidly advancing field of satellite technology.

E. Establish an in-house infrastructure for the development and testing of small satellite technology.

F. Create undergraduate (UG), postgraduate (PG), certification, diploma, PG diploma, and Ph.D. courses focused on the areas of satellite technology and space systems.

G. Initiate research and development (R&D) programs focused on the development of optimized satellite bus architecture, application-specific high-resolution payloads, and data processing applications.

H. Engage in collaboration with national and international institutions to drive technology development and establish new cutting-edge facilities.

I. Support national and global small satellite programs by offering components, subsystems, and technological assistance.

J. Establish a State-of-the-Art Ground Station for Tracking Satellites in the LEO.

K. Partner with the International Ground Station Network and provide satellite tracking facilities for small satellites launched by educational and research institutes.

L. Encourage and support awareness and research in the field of astronomy.


» Size of the Satellite : 1U
» Dimensions: 103mm x 103mm x 113.5mm
» Number of Solar Panels: 6
» Type of Solar Panel: Triple Junction
» Power Generation: 2.4W per panel
» Battery Capacity: 43.2 Wh
» On Board Computer: 32 bit ARM Cortex M4 MCU
» Antenna: Turnstile / cross and dipole / monopole
» Stabilization: Magnetic
» Attitude Determination: Coarse Sun sensors, Gyro & Magneto meter

Our Work

CEST is an innovative space technology centre that gives students the ability to actively monitor and track NOAA weather satellites. By decoding, processing, and using the data received from NOAA, CEST creates an unparalleled and interactive experience for anyone interested in space technology and weather monitoring.

Trainings on Satellite Technology

CEST offers exciting projects to students who are interested in learning about satellite tracking and ground station operations. Our projects involve receiving data from a satellite, decoding it, and processing the data for analysis. 


CEST Publications

1. Mission Analysis of Satellite Constellations for Earth Imaging
     International Conference on Spacecraft Mission Operations SMOPS 2023, Bangalore
2. POI monitoring of the Indian Ocean Region using Nano Satellite Constellation
     International Conference on Spacecraft Mission Operations SMOPS 2023, Bangalore
3. Removal of Space Debris by Interaction and Ionic Propulsion
     International Conference on Spacecraft Mission Operations SMOPS 2023, Bangalore
4. Mitigating the Risks of Space Debris: Developing and Implementing an Effective Plan
     International Conference on Spacecraft Mission Operations SMOPS 2023, Bangalore
5. Adaptable Green Propulsion System for Orbital Maneuvering of Nano-Satellite
     International Conference on Spacecraft Mission Operations SMOPS 2023, Bangalore
6. Design and Development of a CubeSat for remote sensing applications
     International Conference "Satellite 2023 Leaning IN - Linking UP", USA
7. Constellation Optimisation of 10 CubeSat Chain for Earth Observation
     Aerospace Systems, USA, 2024


On Going Projects

Space Debris Management 

Intersatellite Communication for Fisherman SoS

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