Astral, a team from University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), Dehradun proved their mettle to bag the first position at global aerospace competition, CanSat 2017 held in Texas. Astral, a 23-member multi-domain team with students from Aerospace Engineering, Electronics Engineering, Computer Science Engineering, Material Science Engineering, Instrumentation and Control Engineering and Design Studies competed against 39 other teams from across world in the finals. The teams included Princeton University, University of Manchester, University of Alabama, VIT University and National Aviation Academy.
Astral has been participating in CanSat competition, an annual design-build-fly competition with space related themes organized by American Astronautical Society (AAS) and American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) since 2013. The UPES team won the competition under the guidance of Dr. Ugur Guven and Prof. Zozimus Labana and support from School of Design Studies at UPES that helped them design and fabricate a payload with a re-entry container that simulates the process of a science probe traveling through a planetary atmosphere while collecting relevant data.
Talking about Astral’s achievement to reach the ace position in just five years, Dr. Ugur Guven, Professor – Aerospace Department (UPES) and Advisory Council Member at UN Center for Space Science and Space Technology Education in Asia Pacific said, “UPES students winning CanSat 2017 is a matter of great pride for us and the country as it signifies India’s importance in the future of space technology. It parallels the recent successes of the Indian space program and prepares students for the role they will have to play when they eventually join the booming aerospace sector.”
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