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 Two Indian-American teen feature in top ten of NASA Space Challenge

NASA, October 13, 2015: NASA in association with the American Society of Mechanical Foundation organised 3-D Space Container Challenge which asked young minds to make an innovative container that will make life of astronauts easier while they are in space. NASA has received number of innovative and revolutionary designs which will be used in upcoming Mars exploration project scheduled for 2017 and 2020.

Two Indo-American teenagers Rajan Vivek from Arizona and Prasanna Krishnamoorthy from Delaware failed to win the prestigious challenge after raising the hope of countrymen when secured position in top ten finalists.

Mr. Rajan designed a Hydroponic Plant Box container in which plants can grow without soil and water. Thus, tackling the problem of restricting water in microgravity environment. It will help astronauts in growing plants in spacecrafts as the design consumes less space while it grows plant at a faster rate.

On the other hand, Mr. Prasanna thought of using the limited space in aircraft effectively so he designed a Collapsible Container which can expand and contract according to the size of the contents. The container perfectly fits the size of its content and in the absence of any content it gets compressed fully, enabling easy storage.

Although their designs were good but Ryan Beam of California won the competition for designing a ClipCatch. Mr Beam’s ClipCatch solves the problem of astronauts in clipping their fingernails as it might float in the microgravity environment and can become potentially harmful debris. Mr. Beam’s design will allow astronauts to clip their fingernails without any worry.

“The simplest tasks on Earth can be quite challenging, and even dangerous, in space,” said Niki Werkheiser, NASA’s In-Space Manufacturing project manager. “Being able to 3-D print technical parts, as well as the lifestyle items that we use every day will not only help enable deep space travel but can make the trip more pleasant for astronauts,” he said. NASA decided the winner on the basis of design that will make astronaut’s life in space easier.

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Kerala’s Trinity College launches TASSAT satellite building project


June 23, 2015: Kerala’s Trinity College in Thiruvananthapuram has kicked off TASSAT which is a student satellite project scheduled for completion by 2018. Since the funding for the ambitious initiative comes from an Oman-based company called Al Adrak, the satellite has been given the name Trinity Adrak Student Satellite. Who can claim that it isn’t an important year for space research in the country when the ISRO’s successful missions have earned it a Space Pioneer Award and inspired students to explore more?

The Indian Space Research Organization has its VSSC (Vikram Sarabhai Space Center) and LPSC (Liquid Propulsion Systems Center) research facilities in Thiruvananthapuram. Trinity Engineering College’s strategic director Arun Surendran, says the capital of Kerala has become a natural space science city. The TASSAT project will mainly be aimed at building CubeSats and NanoSats at a regular pace. The former is a small satellite with a mass of less than 1.33 kilograms and a volume of 1 liter. Source:IANS

Mobile learning: Smart education system for India

June 10, 2015:  The concept of m-learning (the use of mobile devices to deliver education anytime anywhere) could be a boon for India’s education sector, especially in the field of adult learning.

According to a recent study, Indian users, on an average, spend 3 hours and 18 minutes every day with their smartphones. Can’t we think of a new dimension of using the same mobile phones to revolutionise the Indian education sector, using a concept called m-learning or mobile learning?

The mobile devices can help in the quick conceptualisation of smart education systems. This can be mainly attributed to the fact that India has the second largest mobile phone user subscription base in the world, with over 900 million mobile phone users. Mobile devices have good penetration even in rural areas where other infrastructure does not exist. This growing ubiquity of mobile phones, the widespread availability and adoption of mobile broadband technology and market penetration of low-cost smartphones also hold key promises for the use of mobile technologies for education delivery in India.


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