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The following news item is courtesy of AMSAT-UK and Southgate Amateur Radio News:

The Times of India reports students from Russia and India are building an Amateur Radio satellite that will transmit SSTV images from space

The 1U CubeSat Iskra-5 is being built by 20 students from Moscow Aviation Institute and nine from Indian cities like Chennai and Bangalore through Space Kidz India to mark the 70th anniversary of diplomatic relationship between the two countries.

The satellite will be transported to the International Space Station by mid-October 2017 through cargo spacecraft from where it will be placed in orbit by a cosmonaut during a spacewalk.

The Iskra satellites were a series of Soviet Amateur communication satellites built by students and Radio Amateurs at the Moscow Aviation Institute in the early 1980s.

Srimathy Kesan, founder, Space Kidz India said that the subsystems in the satellite being built in MAI is made by Russian students while the outer cube has been designed by Indian students.

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