Indian Student Bag NASA Award

Students of three Indian education institutions, which designed and launched their own satellites, have won a U.S. space agency's student competition (foreign category) challenge.

The three institutions are Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K), Anna University of Chennai, and SRM University located near here, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website.
Students of Three Indian Institutes Bag NASA Award

The students won the environmentally responsible (green) aviation college student challenge in May 2011.

According to a statement issued by SRM University here Friday, a four-member student team -- Akshay Garg, Surya Kiran Peravalli, Abdul Sayeed Khan and Pate Sweety Prakash -- under the guidance of G. Mahendra Perumal, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, participated in the contest.

"They developed a conceptual aircraft named SERA (SRM Environmentally Responsible) Airliner".

The team designed an airplane for 200 passengers incorporating efficient technologies in many aspects like fuel efficiency, aerodynamic performance with small take-off and landing distances.

NASA's Langley Aerodynamic Research Centre, located in Virginia, is organising a student forum during Nov 15-16 and the SRM University team has been invited to make their presentation, the statement said.

IIT-K and SRM University launched their small satellites -- Jugnu and SRMSAT Wednesday -- using an Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).

City-based Anna University became the first Indian university to have launched a satellite Anusat in 2009.