Burla, April 3 (LocalWire): Rocket science isn’t a rocket science any more, apparently for a group of students from the Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) here.
In a major feat, the students of the university have recently launched a satellite which they had built along with a rocket as part of a campus project.
So impressed with their talent that the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) offered internships to them.
“Initially, our parents had doubts about the project’s success, or whether it will affect our studies. But at the end, we have pulled it off well,” said Bibhudatta Panda (20), one of the team members.
Unlike the foreign varsities, rocket science projects in Indian campuses are rarely undertaken, largely due to lack of facilities, shortage of funds and inadequate time.
The VSLV satellite project was first conceptualized by Panda’s teammate Bodhisattwa Sanghpriya (21) some two years ago, and it took them over 50 attempts before they could successfully launch it into space.
The project was funded through donations.
Panda said that it’s a one-stop monitoring solution for the Hirakud dam, India’s longest earthen dam, located some 10 km north of the Sambalpur town.
Last year, VSLV was showcased at Mumbai’s Maker Mela, Panda added.
The team had earlier won the Asian Rocket Competition organised by SDNx in 2017.
Two other team members include Anshuman Pattnaik (18) and Bhabya Shree Mohanty (20).