LPU sets up ‘Center for Space Research with Mission Control facility’


Jalandhar: The Man behind SuperSonic BrahMos Missile of the country, Dr Sudhir Mishra reached Lovely Professional University, today, where he honoured LPU’s 554 Scientists and Researchers for their illustrious achievements. The occasion was ‘Anusandhaan Samaroh’ and an elaborated ‘Interaction Session’ with LPU Engineering students. Distinguished Scientist & Director General (BrahMos), DRDO, Ministry of Defence; Dr Sudhir Mishra is also CEO&MD of BrahMos Aerospace (an India-Russia Joint Venture). Never been to any foreign university for learning, Dr Mishra is supreme example of being “Home Grown”, and exhibiting excellent education system of the country. Dr Sudhir Mishra also inspired LPU students to keep on imbibing positivism, confidence, energy and charm that they are seen possessing now.

The highlight of the event remained inauguration of “Center for Space Research with space mission control facility” by Dr Mishra at LPU Campus with hammering the bell as a clarion call for all the scientists at LPU and the country. The student trainees under this center will be engaged in satellite system design and system engineering; satellite payload and sub-system design and development; satellite assembly, integration, and testing; satellite launch and operation; payload data processing and application; HAM activities; Participating in Space Competitions; Ground station networking; and, Scientific extension activities.

While appreciating LPU environ for providing research oriented education as a leader, and addressing faculty and students, Dr Mishra invoked all to work on novel and noble ideas to generate wealth. He shared: “In the present time most of the jobs are for knowledge, innovation and new technologies. When one creates new-wealth, it is not at the cost of someone else. New ideas must have the potential to generate wealth. Research for research’s sake is not sufficient. New wealth generation is for the help of the society as a whole. It needs ‘Grey-Power’-an ability to think and somebody to facilitate that unique idea. I feel that LPU and the country has all the elements available towards what all is possible in the country alone. I am happy that LPU has taken a commendable initiative on these lines.” He also talked about the future of defence technologies in the form of high powered micro and laser powers. He invoked all to avail opportunities with unique ideas and work hard.

In fact, In the 106th Indian Science Congress held at LPU, Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi ji added “Jai Anusandhan (Research)” to the slogan “Jai Jawan, Jai Kisan, Jai Vigyan”. Reflecting PM Modi’s thoughts, “Anusandhan Samaroh” is organized at LPU, where exemplary scientists and researchers at the university are recognised for their illustrious attainments, and are rewarded. During the ‘Samaroh’, 354 faculty members and 200 students were given merit based research rewards for their contribution to research and development. Here, the amount of incentives disbursed is Rs 58,76,833 (More than a half-crore of Rupees).

Welcoming the distinguished guest, LPU Chancellor Mr Ashok Mittal shared, “This center will not only act as a resource for LPU but also as a virtual lab for Universities, colleges, schools in India and neighbouring countries. The goal of the space mission control facility is to lower financial and engineering barriers that hinder access to science and engineering data from orbit. My best wishes to all faculty and student members who are involved in our satellite project. I wish our satellite is in orbit next year. ” Chancellor also referred that faculty and students working in this center will also be developing a satellite “LPUSAT-1” – one of the dream projects of LPU.

Head, Division of Research and Development at LPU, Prof Dr Geetha informed that LPU students and researchers want to communicate with the International Space Station (ISS); download live satellite images; and, receive telemetry, science/engineering data from nano-satellites and larger space-crafts. Ground station at LPU will meet this need with an internet-to-orbit gateway Mission control center available for public use. This gateway virtually connects participating internet clients around the world to a remote satellite ground station (at LPU), providing a broad community for multinational cooperation.