Tapaswini Sharma got a new jewel on her crown when she won the 'Honorable Mention Award' at the NASA Space Settlement Design Contest-2017. The award was presented to her for her project ‘Kirithra Orbis’.There were more than 6,000 project entries that were received all across the world.
Tapaswini, a student of Class X from Suryadatta National School stumbled upon this contest while browsing through the NASA website.
Now that she has won, she’ll be invited by NASA to attend the 36th Annual International Space Development Conference (ISDC) in St Louis, USA. The annual contest was organised by NASA Ames Research Center, San Jose State University, and the National Space Society (NSS) worldwide.
Managing regular studies and coming up with such brilliant innovative ideas is a very challenging task, but she soared high with flying colors with the support of her family and encouragement from her school.
'Kirithra Orbis' was the name of the project she Tapaswini developed. It was a hypothetically build spaceship that had the capacity to house thousands of people. She structured the spaceship in a honeycomb shape with an objective to efficiently cram people by occupying the maximum volume in the minimum area. On this, the secretary and vice president of Suryadatta Group of Institutes, Sushama Chordiya said that students should be given exposure by visiting space centers and become aware of careers in aeronautics, reported Indian Express.
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