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College Students Develop "Rocket Motors" In Tamil Nadu

College Students Develop "Rocket Motors" In Tamil Nadu


Well, Its not really a rocket motor , but a motor used onboard rockets, 

And its by a team composing of faculty and students of VIT and AU. 

Appreciation and Critical Point
Yes its an achievement for the stdent folk and needs to be appreciated, but I’ll certainly say the staff of the universites shouldn’t get sloppy after 2-3 innovations to account for the DRDO/ISRO Collobration funds in addition to CSIR funds,  we need more and more turnkey solutions coming out of our universities to mainstearm Indian economy.
The News Piece:

Students of an engineering college here have developed for the first time in the country, two special brushless motors, which will form an important part in the soon to be launched GSLV rocket. These motors were previously being imported by Indian Space Research Organisation.

A prototype of this motor was displayed by the students of Sona College of Technology to ISRO scientists at the Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VVSC) and ISRO’s inertial systems unit (IISU) at Thiruvanthapuram.

The first motor, which will be placed in the rocket nozzle for controlling its direction, is a 32 newton metre, 1000 rotations per minute quadruplex brushless DC torque motor, Director of Sona Special Power Electronics and Electric Drives (SSPEED) said.

The second, for controlling the rotation of the panels in a satellite, is a 2 newton metre, 50 rotations per minute slotless brushless DC motor. It will be used in the scan mechanism of microwave analysis detection of rain and atmospheric structures for the Megha Tropiques Spacecraft.

ISRO’s inertial systems unit needed ‘cog free’ motors to enhance the performance of precision scanning mechanisms in spacecraft and SSPEED had met all the required parameters, he said.

Prof Kannan said this was a “unique” achievement by an institution, which designed and developed an aerospace quality component for actual use in ISRO’s satellites and rockets. “This would save precious foreign exchange and provide valuable technical know how,” he said.

Source: Press Trust of India

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