The world today has advanced beyond the imagination of human mind. We have set foot on the moon, explored other neighboring planets, increased the speed of communication and decreased the distance that once separated us. Some scientists believe that we are almost on the verge of discovering habitable exo-planets.
Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) soared up to create a new milestone in the field of Space Engineering and exploration. ISRO launched 31 satellites, by a single flight and placed them into their orbits. This feat was achieved by the use of a Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle - PSLV-C38, which placed the 31 satellites in their orbits, out of which 29 were from 14 different countries.
With many science fiction shows like Star Wars, Firefly, Expanse and many more coming up, we can definitely say that humans' inquisitiveness with space is never ending. As early as ancient civilizations, that describe machines flying in and around the earth, it is clear that we always had the instinct to fly off to infinity.
Coming back to reality- the area of space exploration and engineering provide innumerable options for those who have a passion for reaching for the stars.
Space Engineering is the field of science that deals with astrophysics, astronomy, space exploration and types of equipment that are involved with spaceflight. In layman's term, space engineering involves an understanding of how things in space work, carrying out missions where a spacecraft is sent into space and exploring more of the eternal darkness.
Sounds interesting, doesn't it?
Ever since India launched its satellite Rohini-1 from Sriharikota Island, and with recent developments of ISRO in terms of Mangalyan the Mars orbiter and recent launch by PSLV we can agree that future for space engineering looks bright.
Congratulations to ISRO on its 40th successful Polar satellite launch carrying 31 satellites from 15 countries. You make us proud!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) June 23, 2017
How to get into Space Engineering?
One might wonder that, the distance between dreaming about working in space engineering and exploration and reaching there would be light years away. Yes, there is a lot of determination and perseverance required, but transforming your dreams into reality is definitely possible.
The first step towards the moon or any other heavenly body for that matter would be to take up
Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics as your main subjects for your +12 examination or its equivalent.
With the science stream already in your pocket, you will be moving closer to studying the Bachelors course. You can take up any field related to space technology or space sciences. This can be a four year B. Tech course or a three year B. Sc course.
Following your undergraduate studies, you must focus on your Masters in any area of specialization in space sciences. One has to take up a Postdoctoral degree, all the scientists and physicists working in top notch organizations are required to have a Ph.D.
To become an expert, you must finally join an organization and start working with your team of scientists to add on to the list of scientific achievements.
What would you be doing?
Space engineering provides opportunities in various fields. Based on your skills and qualifications, you can find a job in the following organizations:
- Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO)
- Defense Research and Development Organization (DRDO)
- Hindustan Aeronautics Limited (HAL), National Aeronautical Laboratories (NAL) and other areas in the aerospace industry.
You will be involved with simulation centers, spacecraft manufacturing firms, space tourism operators, military operations, repair and maintenance of spacecrafts.
There many interesting fields that are upcoming in space technology, like asteroid mining, where resources and minerals are extracted from various asteroids, minor planets, and moons. The collection of solar power in the outer space and transmitting it to earth and manufacturing of goods outside the earth's atmosphere are other areas that are focused on.
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Along with achievements like PSLV-C38, ISRO has been working forward to make the ever brewing dream of making manned missions possible. Though Indians like Kalpana Chawla and Rakesh Sharma are celebrated for being the first Indians to be in the space, our country has yet to send missions with humans.
ISRO has proposed the Indian Human Spaceflight Programe which will develop and put a two-person crew in the lower orbit of the earth. This may take time, but with each accomplishment of the ISRO and the scientists, this dream looks possible.
Did the star gazer in you get excited to become an astronaut? Well, you know what to do now.