Making model rocketry accessible as a tool in hands-on education

In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Divyanshu speaks about his journey from the Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology to ISRO and from there to kicking off Rocketeers. He talks about the challenges they faced in the early days and how they’ve overcome many of them to be the largest producer of model rockets in India.

Rocketeers is India’s first solid fuel-powered model rocket kit manufacturer, supplying kits to schools, colleges and rocket enthusiasts across the country. Rocketeers also provides experiential learning-based STEM education using a scientifically designed curriculum, experiments and projects to STEM education organisations and educational institutions across the country.… Click here to read the complete article

Building a launch vehicle startup out of India

Skyroot Aerospace, a Hyderabad-based startup backed by CureFit founders Mukesh Bansal and Ankit Nagori, is developing a rocket which can be assembled and launched in a day that will be used to hurl small satellites into space, eyeing a slice of the global market for tiny satellite launches that is expected to grow over the next decade. Skyroot, founded by former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientists Pawan Kumar Chandana, Naga Bharath Daka and Vasudevan Gnanagandhi, expects to demonstrate its first rocket by 2021, which it says could potentially reduce launch costs by a third.

In this episode of the NewSpace India podcast, Pawan speaks about the vision of Skyroot Aerospace and the road to reality.… Click here to read the complete article

India’s space program needs a public outreach overhaul

Gurbir Singh is a Manchester-based Blogger and Author who has written about Yuri Gagarin’s visit to Manchester, the Indian Space Programme and more. He also runs the AstrotalkUK podcast. More information – https://astrotalkuk.org/ 

Gurbir has a new book coming soon on Stephen H Smith: India’s Forgotten Rocket Pioneer whose information is available on – https://astrotalkuk.org/stephenhsmith/

Gurbir talks about his journey as a blogger and an author covering India’s space activities. We discuss his perspectives of gaining access to information and people to write about India’s space program as well as his discovery of learning about a rocket pioneer based in Calcutta in the 1930s.… Click here to read the complete article

Challenges in building a career in Astrophysics in India

Dr. Abhijeet Borkar did undergraduate education from Fergusson College, Pune and masters in physics from the University of Pune and subsequently did his PhD at the International Max Planck Research School at Max Planck Institute for Radio Astronomy in Bonn, Germany. He is currently working as a post-doctorate researcher at the Astronomy Institute of the Czech Academy of Sciences. 

In this episode, Abhijeet speaks about his experiences of growing up as a science fiction enthusiast to eventually starting a career in astrophysics. We talk about the challenges in understanding the avenues as well as the different career trajectories available to build a career in astrophysics.… Click here to read the complete article

Susmita Mohanty – India’s protégée of Arthur Clarke

Dr. Susmita Mohanty is a spaceship designer and serial aerospace entrepreneur. She is the CEO of EARTH2ORBIT, also co-founded MOONFRONT, San Francisco [2001-2007] and LIQUIFER, Vienna [2004-ongoing]. In this episode, she talks about growing up as a kid on the ISRO SAC campus and her journey of turning into an entrepreneur.

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