Young Tinker Space 2183 – VSSUT Burla’s Team VSAT Invited to Student CANSAT Launch Competition 2024

The eight-membered students’ team, V-SAT from Young Tinker Space 2183 – Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) Burla, have been invited to compete in the final rounds of the prestigious Student CANSAT Launch Competition 2024′. organized by the InSpace, ISRO and ASI, this competition provides an unparalleled platform for budding innovators to showcase their talents in the dynamic field of aerospace engineering and satellite technology.

For the last year, the team has dedicated efforts to the satellite designing and manufacturing, with each member contributing their expertise. This is the sole team representing Odisha in this challenge. The students showcased their project at Young Tinker Academy, Bhubaneswar on 6th April 2024.

V-SAT model

This exceptionally talented group of students has dedicated their efforts to meticulously crafting a Can-sized satellite equipped with cutting-edge capabilities to monitor altitude, air pressure, temperature, velocity, orientation, and visual descent. Their innovative project not only showcases their technical prowess but also underscores their unwavering commitment to scientific exploration and innovation. The satellite’s casing is 3D Printed at Young Tinker Space 2183, VSSUT Burla. Student clubs like Idea and Innovation and VSSIC also collaborated on this project.

The students have been working meticulously on the CANSAT for over a year facing numerous challenges, from design iterations to material shortages, the VSAT team’s unwavering dedication has been exemplary. Despite setbacks and failures, they persevered, refining their designs and overcoming obstacles. Notably, their design caliber shines through their utilization of a self-manufactured carbon fiber structure, ingeniously perforated for weight reduction and streamlined installation of electronics subsystems. 

The final rounds of the competition are slated to unfold at the CANSAT event ground in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, on April 16th and 17th, 2024.

Mr. Anil Pradhan & Mrs. Vaishali Sharma, founders of Young Tinker Foundation and the alumni of VSSUT Burla, also showed their appreciation to the team and supported the team. Additionally, Prof. Banshidhar Majhi (Vice-Chancellor of VSSUT Burla), Prof. Debadutta Mishra (Student Dean), and Dr. Harish Kumar Sahoo (Faculty) congratulated the team for their huge success. 

This project was supported by Young Tinker Foundation, ideaspedia, Intellect Design Arena, Nucleus Software Engineering P Ltd, Infovision Inc.

We extend our heartfelt gratitude to the esteemed individuals – Shri Nanda Mohapatra (Former Chief Engineer, Water Resource Dept), Shri Somdutt Behura (Director, IIG Technology), Shri Sudeepta Das (Former Executive Director of NALCO), Shri Brahma Mishra (Industrialist, President, UCCI), Shri BK Mishra (Former Director, HAL), Shri Ashok Panda (OCAC), and Smt Lopa Mishra Jana (Chief Operating Officer – STPINEXT) for gracing Young Tinker Academy with their presence, encouraging our students, and igniting the flame of motivation within them.

The student team members are (from left to right) – Subhranshu Ranjan Das (Project Manager), Ayushman Jena (Team Lead), Subhankar Nayak (Recovery System), Pallabi Parimita Nayak (Ground Control System), Debankar Subhram (Algorithm Development), Swagat Sekhar Panda (Integration and Testing), Faizur Rahman (Mechanical Subsystem) and Inayatulla Khan (Avionics Subsystem).

About the organizations

  • Young Tinker Foundation – Established in 2019, the Young Tinker Foundation is a non-profit organization fostering innovation, science, and technology passion among students. Originating from Odisha, they have achieved global recognition, ranking 3rd in the 2021 NASA Human Exploration Rover Challenge, the first Asian team to do so. In 2023, they secured a category award. The team included students from underprivileged backgrounds, providing them with a platform to shine on the global stage. Their alumni excel in entrepreneurship and innovation, with global impact.

  • Young Tinker Space – Young Tinker Space is a collaborative space established in high schools and colleges to foster hands-on learning. Equipped with 3D printers, electronics facilities, computers, and tools, students progress through four stages: Tinker, Maker, Innovator, and Entrepreneur, transforming ideas into ventures and contributing to innovation and entrepreneurship culture.

  • VSSUT Burla – Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT) Burla, established in 1956, is Odisha’s pioneering engineering college. Renowned for its academic excellence and research contributions, VSSUT produces skilled professionals who contribute significantly to society and industry. Its alumni have demonstrated the excellence of VSSUT, excelling in various fields and making significant contributions to their respective industries and communities.

Launch Day Pics

As the Vice Chancellor of VSSUT, it is with immense pride that the exceptional team, VSAT, has been selected to compete in the final round of the esteemed CANSAT INDIA student competition.
Prof Bansidhar Majhi
Vice Chancellor, VSSUT
Young Tinker consistently champions student innovation, from Indian school teams at NASA's Rover Challenge to college teams at ISRO's CANSAT Challenge. Awaiting the next BIG Tech & the unthinkable idea to life.
Anil Pradhan
Founder, Young Tinker
I am thrilled to witness the inclusion of girls in the field of technology. It's inspiring to see this team breaking barriers, particularly in avionics, where traditionally there has been underrepresentation of women
Vaishali S Pradhan
Founder, Young Tinker
Exceptional achievement by our students in ISRO's CANSAT challenge showcases talent, innovation, and promise. Proud of their dedication.
Prof Debudatta Mishra
VSSUT Burla students have a well-earned reputation for innovation, and we are proud to support them in cultivating the next big technological advancements right here in Young Tinker Space, VSSUT, Burla.
Dr Harish Sahoo
Faculty Advisor, VSSSIC

2 thoughts on “Young Tinker Space 2183 – VSSUT Burla’s Team VSAT Invited to Student CANSAT Launch Competition 2024”

  1. Young Tinker projects are really impactful on the scale. All blogs are equally impressive.

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