"Typically tremors take around two to three days to have an impact on ground. If we can alert authorities, it is a good period to evacuate people before a catastrophe happens," said Akshay Gulati, project officer of IITMSAT.
The satellite, being built at IIT-M will be tested at Indian Space Research Organisation satellite centre (ISAC) at Bengaluru, before being launched next year on the polar satellite launch vehicle. The satellite, which will ride piggyback with a bigger satellite will be hurled in the low earth orbit to measure these electro-magnetic radiations from earthquakes.
Chivukula, who is funding the Rs 2.5 crore satellite, says that such experiments would help in understanding earth quakes and hopefully, help prevent lives of people.
"The most seismic active zone is in the Indian plate. Imagine, if we have the satellite and are able to predict an earthquake, millions of lives could be saved," said Chivukula, who is also the chairman of INDO-US MM TEC, which makes high precision parts for automobile and smartphone companies globally.
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