Chennai, Oct 14 - Students of three Indian education institutions, which designed and launched their own satellites, have won a US space agency's student competition - challenge.
The three institutions are Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur -, Anna University of Chennai, and SRM University located near here, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration - website.
The students won the environmentally responsible - aviation college student challenge in May 2011.
According to a statement issued by SRM University here Friday, a four-member student team -- Akshay Garg, Surya Kiran Peravalli, Abdul Sayeed Khan and Pate Sweety Prakash -- under the guidance of G. Mahendra Perumal, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, participated in the contest.
'They developed a conceptual aircraft named SERA - Airliner'.
The team designed an airplane for 200 passengers incorporating efficient technologies in many aspects like fuel efficiency, aerodynamic performance with small take-off and landing distances.
NASA's Langley Aerodynamic Research Centre, located in Virginia, is organising a student forum during Nov 15-16 and the SRM University team has been invited to make their presentation, the statement said.
IIT-K and SRM University launched their small satellites -- Jugnu and SRMSAT Wednesday -- using an Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle -.
City-based Anna University became the first Indian university to have launched a satellite Anusat in 2009.