Burla VSSUT to get incubation centre for space rocketry research

Sambalpur: The students and faculty members of Innovation Cell at Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) at Burla in Sambalpur are a proud lot after the Centre approved the establishment of an incubation centre for space rocketry research at the university.

The approval of the centre was announced by VSSUT Vice-Chancellor Atal Choudhury yesterday. Expressing happiness over the efforts of the students, Choudhary said that Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) will provide Rs 50 lakh for the incubation centre.

“This innovation centre is first of its kind in the country and that too at VSSUT, Odisha,” Choudhury said.
ISRO approved the incubation centre after expressing satisfaction on the project to successfully build and test fire the VSSUT Satellite launch vehicle (VSLV) rocket. ISRO Chairman approved the establishment of a space research lab as part of an independent package, Choudhury informed.

The rocket building research was started by some students of the autonomous university around two years ago. They acquired most of their knowledge from the internet, however, they had their moments of successes and failures during the project.

The students who had five successful launches in the last two years, plan to launch rockets to the altitude of 40 kilometre from the ground to study the amount of silt deposited in the Hirakud dam.

“We are targeting to launch rockets up to an altitude of 40 kilometre and study silting at the dam,” said Apurba Mansukh, a 4th year student at the university.

“The ISRO’s incubation centre at the university is a great news for us as it will encourage a lot of students to generate ideas and execute them. This will take the nation forward,” said Anshuman Patnaik, a third-year Mechanical Engineering student.

Fourth-year engineering student, Bibhudatta Panda said, “We got a lot of information from the internet as there are a lot of student rocketry missions in foreign universities. We are the only ones here in India. Students will benefit more from the Incubation Centre.”