Chennai varsity bags third place in US design competition

Chennai, Sep 18 (PTI) Students of Chennai-based private SRM University have bagged third position at an international design competition in the field of aviation and space tourism held in the US. A team of eight undergraduate students from the Department of Aerospace Engineering won a cash prize of USD 1,000 in the Undergraduate Team Space Transportation Design Competition 2011-12 organised by American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) recently, university officials said. The space vehicle named ‘NAVSHITIZ VAHAK – the carrier of new horizon’ has been designed to orbit at a distance of around 370 km from the Earth. The design conceptualised by the students reduces cost of launch and cost of space tourism considerably, SRM University Vice-Chancellor Mr M Ponnavaikko told reporters. The eight-member team comprised Mr Sweety Prakash Pate, Mr Anku Aravind, Mr Jeevraj Hejmady, Mr Joel Alex Roy, Mr ┬áRishabh Bana, Mr Rajdeep Chowdhuri, Mr Ravi Shakya and MR Sarnavi Mahesh. Virginia and California Universities bagged the first and second prizes respectively, he said. PTI VIJ VS DK


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