An educational tour was organized by JECRC UDML College of engineering for the 2nd and 3rd year students, to the Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Shriharikota [SDSC, SHAR] and ISRO satellite centre [ISAC], Bangalore from 21st march to 28th march 2015.
The trip was organized and coordinated under the flagship of Prof. Vijeta Kumawat, HOD, CS Dept. Mrs. Komal Joshi, Mr. Nitin Gupta and Mr. Parameshwar were the faculty coordinators . Our Principal, Dr. Ram Rattan, who was the former Associative Director of ISRO, Ahmedabad, personally requested the director of SDSC, SHAR to provide his students an opportunity to explore the milieu of satellites and rockets.
SDSC, SHAR, the rocket launching centre, operated by the ISRO, has a unique combination of facilities of solid propellant production plant, a rocket motor static test facility, telemetry, tracking and so on. On 24 March, the students were taken to the island and were shown 2 launching stations, under the guidance of Dr. M.Y.S Prasad, the director of SDSC. One station had a PSLV C-27 with Indian Regional Satellite System (IRNSS) 1-D satellite, which was successfully launched on 28th march’15 . The highly secured control room was also visited, where the students saw the scientists working on live projects which was mind stirring and extremely motivating. “I am feeling so lucky! Seeing those people work there, it was a “dream come true” experience for me . Even I wish to join ISRO now”, said a student.
The next day, the team headed to ISAC, Bangalore, which is engaged in developing satellite technology for scientific, technological and application missions. A senior scientist, accompanied the team to the museum and led their way to show all the models of satellites and launching vehicles, built by them.
The trip was a huge success and was a “once in a lifetime” opportunity for all the budding engineers who grasped all the latest technological advancements. Every student was highly fascinated and deeply intrigued by looking at those engineered marvels.