For the first time in the history of India’s space program, a student-designed rocket was launched at the Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station (TERLS) near Thiruvanathanapuram at 7.25 p.m. on 11th May.
The 2.3 meter long single stage sounding rocket, called “Vyom” or sky in Sanskrit, was designed by the students of ISRO’s Indian Institute of Space Science and Technology (IIST) at Thirvanathanapuram.
Apart from being the first rocket to be made by students, it also used a new type of rocket fuel called hydroxyl-terminated polybutadiene.
In India, students have designed and placed satellites into orbit. But, this is the first time that a rocket designed by students was launched. IIST director K. S. Dasgupta has been quoted as saying that “it performed better than we expected.”
The genesis of ISRO dates back to early 2009 when students of the first and second batches of the institute numbering about 25 evinced keen interest in designing, developing, and launching rockets.They were split into teams and their starry dreams turned into a reality on the evening of May 11, 2012