HAMSAT is ISRO's first theme based
meant for providing Satellite based Amateur Radio
Services to the National as well as International
Community of Amateur Radio Operators (HAMs).
Scheduled to be launched in May 2005 on-board the
PSLV-C6 Mission as an Auxiliary Satellite, it will meet
the long felt need for the Amateur Radio Operators of
South Asian region who possess the required
paraphernalia and operate in the UHF/VHF band based
Satellite Radio Communication Channel.
The last Satellite in the LEO providing this type of
service ceased operating in mid August 2003 and created
a vacuum for the Mode B (UV) services. HAMSAT, once
operational by June 2005, will greatly serve this
Micro-satellite is India's contribution to
the international community of Amateur Radio Operators.
This effort is also meant to bring ISRO's Satellite
Services within the reach of the common man and
popularize Space Technology among the masses.
This Satellite will play a valuable role in the
national and international scenario by providing a low
cost readily accessible reliable means of communication
during emergencies and calamities like flood,
earthquakes, etc., stimulation of technical interest and
awareness among the younger generation by providing them
with an opportunity to develop their technological
projects including offering a platform for testing New