India-born engineer has key role in Nasa Artemis mission
MELBOURNE: As the first leg of Artemis, Nasa’s ambitious project to send a spacecraft into deep space, begins, overseeing the rocket’s core stage, or its backbone, will be Coimbatore-born Subashini Iyer.
“It has been nearly 50 years since we last stepped on the moon … We are getting ready to take humans back to the moon and beyond, to Mars,” Iyer told TOI.
Artemis I will be an uncrewed flight of the spacecraft Orion, the first of three complex missions for exploration on the moon and Mars. Orion will travel 280,000 miles (over 4,50,000 km) from Earth, thousands of miles beyond the moon in a three-week mission.
It will collect data while mission controllers will go over the performance of the spacecraft to set the stage for Artemis II, when a crewed spacecraft will orbit the moon. In 2024, Artemis III will take astronauts to the moon.
As the launch integrated product team lead with Boeing, Iyer is engaged with the component of the Artemis I which will take Orion into space — the Space Launch Sy em (SLS) — whose core stage arrived at the Kennedy Space Center in late April.
She has been involved with SLS for two years now. “My role involves overseeing any support that Nasa needs once the core stage is built and handed over to Nasa,” Iyer said.
Iyer was one of the first women to graduate in mechanical engineering in her college, VLB Janakiammal College, in 1992. Now, she leads a diverse team of mechanical and rical engineers.
When will our craze end for Indian Americans?They leave for better opportunities because their own motherland doesn't have the necessary infrastructure/facilities to sustain them . Cor ion is rampant. No one talks about real issues.Their contribution to India and Indians is nothing.
One of good seed that landed on fertile soil ,
Many good Indian orgin talents go abroad due to corrupt process in appointments and out of frustrating sion process which often falls in paying money for a position.
Land of oportunity for talented person , USA
In india she would not get a job based on caste based quota .
Each time when an "Indian born foreign settled" does something phenomenal should we be proud or be ashamed. A topic for debate.
Sad.if India had opportunity she would be serving indian Space program.there is nothing to celebrate.India has lost Another Daughter of India .when will this stop ??
good she left india and could show her capabilties. over here modi is the only hero
Individual ability and brilliance therefore get subsumed and crushed in this chaos , indiscipline and wayward disorder that is India.
Indian intellects will have to go abroad.
When merit overtake reservation India will reach new heights. Just be content with whatever heights India is achieving.
Whenever any Indian leaves India is a shame on the Indian sy em
There is no harm if engineers shift their place of work in pursuit of their passion.
It is good to know a mechanical engineering graduate from VLB Janaki Ammal engineering college is now playing a key role in a Nasa Mission. Congrazulations, Ms Iyer.
很高兴得知VLB Janaki l工程学院的机械工程毕业生正在NASA的任务中发挥关键作用。向耶尔女士表示祝贺。
All Indian braniacs pls leave India and shine in foreign countries.Earn your millions there.
pity we can't use and retain this kind of talent in our labs
While we laud and praise Indian origin people doing extremely well in other countries, we fail to even understand that while these same people studied in India, our govt did not provide any opportunity to retain them in our country.
Well done Ms Iyer, proud your achievements!
Luckly she has settled in America. If she had preferred to stay in tamilnadu she would have been sidelined because there is iyer in her name.
people are unable to fight a vir s on earth and there are people and organisation planning to go to moon and Mars...
It is not the individual effort. It's a team task.