Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, June 17:
Two engineering students from Odisha have been highly praised by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) for their innovative aerospace project.
According to reports, the Black Bird team, comprising 10 students of the Hindustan University in Chennai, which had prepared a mini satellite basing on nano technology, included two students from Odisha: Rajesh Kumar Martha, a B.Tech (Aerospace) fourth year student of Arada village under Odagan block of Naygarh district and Romal Patel of Padmapur area of Sambalpur district, .
On submission of the innovative project, the team was later invited by the AAS to participate in the three-day CanSat competition in Texas held from June 13 to 15.
On the the last day of the competition, the team displayed the project with the successful launching of their mini satellite and received accolades from the AAS for their endeavour.
It is worthwhile here to mention that the CanSats are small satellites that fit all the necessary subsystems found in a real satellite such as power and communications into a 350 ml drinks can.
These mini satellites do not go into space but are released from a rocket or a balloon at about 1 km altitude.
On its way back to the ground, the CanSat has to perform a certain mission and land safely on the ground.