Gagan Agrawal (21 years) of IIST (Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology), Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala has bagged the title of a youngest project scientist in Asia after the launch of India's first student-designed sounding rocket also known as a research rocket. This student designed rocket was launched from Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station near Thiruvananthapuram in May this year.
Sounding rocket is basically an instrument carrying rocket which is used to perform scientific experiments and take measurements during the flight.
Gagan was the leader of one of the core teams of students from IIST called as systems engineering team and played a key role in the launch of Asia’s first sounding rocket from Vikram Sarabhai Space Center of IIST.
Gagan has recently finished his BTech (Aerospace) from IIST and has developed a technical forum for students to promote innovation activities.
This 2.3 meter long single stage sounding rocket was named as Vyom – or sky in Sanskrit and had a lift off weight of 88 kg. A minimum of 26 students of first and second batches of ISRO’s (Indian Space Research Organization) IIST designed this rocket in early 2009. They had shown interest in developing, designing and launching rockets.
The first student-made rocket used a new type of rocket fuel known as hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene.
Gagan aims at promoting research and development among the industry and the youth. On July 8, 2012 Gagan held a session on “Turning Dreams into Reality – A Young Rocket Memoir” administered by Vadodra Innovation Council where he motivated more than 100 school children and shared his experience with respect to Vyom.
Source: Times of India
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