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All non-U.S. winners for NASA's student Design competition from India Print E-mail
Written by James   
Thursday, 20 October 2011
Bangalore: All of the non-U.S. winners, of a National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) student competition to create a new greener aircraft, came from India.

Under the foreign university team's category, a team consisting of two seniors from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur won the first place for their engine concepts, while a team of 2 seniors from Anna University in Chennai came in second for their blended wing body design. Four undergraduates from SRM University in Kattankulathur came in third for their conceptual aircraft, "SERA (SRM Environmentally Responsible) Airliner".

The Environmentally Responsible Aviation Project of NASA's Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate had challenged these students to submit ideas and designs for aircraft or engine concepts and technologies for more environmentally friendly aviation by the year 2020. They had to develop concepts around reduced emissions, lesser noise and greater fuel economy. NASA sponsors design contests to interest students in aeronautics and engineering careers.

High school students also took part in a little less academically challenging contest. Among the foreign entries, Nitish Kulkarni (11th Std), from the Oakridge International School Hyderabad, India won the first place.

These participants received certificates of appreciation. All U.S. winners received cash awards and winning college teams received a trophy.

NASA's Langley Aerodynamic Research Centre located at Hampton in Virginia will conduct a student forum on November 15 and 16. The contest was organised by NASA in May 2011.

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