Bharatiya students bag NASA prize for design of Supersonic Airliner

via Courtesy:SAMVAD- New Delhi published on July 23, 2009

Two students, Sahaj Panchal and Dhrumir Patel, from Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Institute of Technology, Gujarat , have bagged the second prize in a prestigious NASA contest to design a supersonic airliner. Their “RASTOFUST” was selected by a group of NASA engineers who reviewed the entries.

The top prize in the international category was won by an undergraduate team from University of Tokyo , with its design of “Hydrogen Fuelled Low Boom SST”, followed by the Bharatiya team.

The participants were challenged to design a small supersonic airliner and submit a research paper limited to 25 pages. The competition was sponsored by NASA’s Washington-based Aeronautics Research Mission Directorate and projects were to be judged on “informed content, imagination, innovation, creativity, relevancy, organisation and writing”.

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