As part of the momentous ISRO mission, Smiti Maini, along with her team, was responsible for control system design, analysis and simulation. She also designed the Thruster Failure Detection, Isolation and Reconfiguration (Thruster FDIR) module for autonomous functioning of the spacecraft without ground intervention. All of my best wishes for her as she has realized her dreams.
Students under the guidance of Dr. Guven and Prof. Nanduri went to CANSAT 2014 and you can see the pictures and the video of the successful launch. The payload was found to be intact. Of course, the most important aspect is that the students had fun and they also received valuable experience which will help them in their future careers.I definitely recommend the annual CANSAT competition to all of the Aerospace/Avionics/Electronics students across the world. It will really help you to reach greater heights as a student as well as a professional.
Today’s cumulative state of technology is the sum of the science and technology invented, researched and accumulated over centuries of hard work by diligent scientists. If it is not for the hard work of Kepler, Galileo, Isaac Newton, James Clark Maxwell, Nicholas Tesla, Albert Einstein; then perhaps we would not have the amenities that we enjoy today. It is a fact that the understanding of our universe is much more than ever before and many exciting pioneering and frontier research is going on to understand the creation of the universe itself.
However, this is only possible with free dissemination of scientific data and information between scientists and engineers. Without this free dissemination, knowledge would be pooled by the select few and it would make it impossible for the world to progress, since knowledge will not become accumulative. Today, the situation has changed dramatically as scientific knowledge and the technological know-how is hidden behind expensive journals, company confidentiality policies as well as hidden patents. This is affecting the progress of science and technology throughout the world. In fact, it can be stated that no mind boggling invention has been invented in the past 30-40 years due to the compartmentalization of scientific knowledge.
Open Access Journals and Open Access Scientific Platforms are one way to stop this from happening and to allow knowledge to propagate among the science and engineering community. With the presence of open access journals, young scientists and engineers can reach past knowledge (in forms of past experiments, past data, past simulations, past analysis etc) and they can build upon this foundation. They can also use these same platforms to put out their own theories, scientific accomplishments and their research to be freely reviewed and examined under scrutiny by their scientific colleagues and peers. The feedback would be instantaneous and based upon this feedback they can also steer their research toward the greater good. Knowledge would not be hidden and each building block can be put there piece by piece by young scientists and engineers all across the world. Hence, the presences of open access journals as well as self archiving sites are extremely important to advancement of the scientific community as a whole. Perhaps through this, it will be possible to love and appreciate the glamour of science once again and perhaps a new leaf can be turned in the chapter of humanity.
Some of my students abroad (USA, Canada, USA) busy with their research internships, competitions, study etc. They are extremely bright and innovative students. I am also sure that they will reach greater heights in their professional careers as Aerospace Engineers. All I can do is to guide them, but the strength lies within them. Congratulations on their hard work.
Here is some more:
Dr Guven students in USA for the prestigious CANSAT competition:
Students of Dr. Guven are Doing Their Research Internship at Estonia Space Observatory on Nanosatellite Propulsion Systems. Their design revolves around cold gas propulsion system.
They will also be presenting their work in the IAC 2014 (International Astronautical Congress) in Toronto, Canada.
Dr Ugur Guven and his students launched their mid sized weather balloon to roughly 40 km of altitude to test their payloads and their instruments. We picked a field that was roughly 70 km west of the location that we recovered the payload. There were several international students at the launch site. Weather Balloon Project at High Altitude Test Flight was a success as we were able to recover the scientific payload and we are also able to download the data. Dr. Ugur Guven and students will continue the weather balloon flights in the future.
978-3-659-36340-5_Coverpreview Introduction to Space Debris: Challenges and Removal Techniques authored by my student Lakshya V. Datta and editored by Prof. Dr. Ugur GUVEN has been published by Lambert Academic Publications. The work can be purchased from Amazon.
Especially with advents in space technology, space debris removal has become more important then ever. There can be several methods of removal of space debris. One of the viable options available is taking proper precautions in satellites and objects being sent up in to space, such that they can use their own systems in order to return back to Earth upon completion of their missions or burn up in the Earth’s atmosphere and hence not pose a threat to future space missions. The main problem in the mission to rid the planet’s boundary of unwanted debris particles lies in the removal of those particles and objects which do not have the capability of using their own systems to return to Earth or get burnt up in the Earth’s atmosphere in a short duration of time. Old rocket shells, satellite components and fragments, make up only a small part of nearly 16,000 space debris particles larger than 10 centimeters being constantly monitored by NASA. This book discusses ways of removing those space debris components, which have completed their respective missions. This work by Lakshya Datta, edited by Dr. Ugur GUVEN is a perfect book as a beginners guide to the Fundamentals of Space Debris..
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Introduction to Nanosatellite Technology and Components: Applications in Cubesat Technology authored by my student Lakshya V. Datta and editored by Prof. Dr. Ugur GUVEN has been published by Lambert Academic Publications. The work can be purchased from Amazon http://www.amazon.com/Introduction-Nanosatellite-Technology-Components-Applications/dp/384731419X
With the advents in space technology, the concept of making cubesat type nanosatellites and sending them to space has become quite common. Nowadays, you can find many Cubesats and other types of nanosatellite orbiting Earth and conducting experiments for universities. Hence, there is a significant demand to find good sources in nanosatellite technology. Unfortunately, the material that exists on the net for each Cubesat is not sufficient to guide interested persons who may be starting their own Cubesat project. This book is intended to be a basic textbook to guide students and professionals to start their own nanosatellite project. This book by Lakshya with supervision of Dr. Ugur Guven details the major components of a nanosatellite system like the power systems, attitude adjustment systems, communication & telemetry systems, propulsion systems and the control & distribution systems. The book also mentions the possibility of payload positioning within the nanosatellite as well. General review of nanosatellite systems is provided along with figures to help visualize the concepts. Authors recommend the book for all interested persons who want to learn about nanosatellite technology.