June 25, 2011
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We are delighted to inform you that IIIT-H's team Mission Gaganyaan won the Third Place at the Finals of CanSat 2011, an international aerospace competition held at Abilene, Texas, USA, on June 12, 2011.
Just to remind you, Mission Gaganyaan won the World First Place last year. Like the past two years, Mission Gaganyaan was the only team from India to qualify for the World Finals this year.
The CanSat 2011, organized by the American Astronautical Society and sponsored by NASA, required teams to design, fabricate, and launch into the lower space an autonomous micro-satellite carrying a large raw egg of a hen intact, for the entire duration of the flight – from launch to landing.
A total of 20 leading Universities from around the world qualified for the Finals. For details of world finalists' rankings, please check http://cansatcompetition.com/2011_Winners.html
Credit for the team's uncommon achievement is due in large measure to the outstanding efforts, technical guidance, and mentorship of Prof. KS Rajan, Head of IIIT-H's Lab for Spatial Informatics (LSI). Complimenting Prof. Rajan and the students' team, Prof. Rajeev Sangal, Director, said “The current milestone is yet another outcome of the leading edge research opportunities for bachelor's students at IIIT-H”.
By this singular accomplishment, IIIT-H is glad to have contributed to establishing India's brand in the area of science and technology (S&T) research globally. For more details, refer to the attached Media Release.
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