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Ajith Kumar Baskar
Ajith Kumar Baskar, student at the Master Programme in Spacecraft Design. View original picture , opens in new tab/window

Attends space programme in Australia

Published: 28 November 2019

Ajith Kumar Baskar, final year student at the Master Progamme in Spacecraft Design, will attend the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program at the International Space University in Australia.

The Southern Hemispher Space Studies Program is a five week programme addressing a lot of different space related topics, such as space science and exploration, space policy, economics and law and space applications and services. In january, Ajith Kumar Baskar will go to Adelaide for this prestigious experience.

What are your expectations?

– I have high hopes to meet the international space community and gain insight on the development of space business. I was interested in the program because the scope covers a different perspective of space industry. Also, during January, Australia is going to be a change for me from last year in Kiruna which was dark 24/7. I wish to restore the Vitamin-D level in my body to survive couple more years after I come back to Norrbotten.

How did your space interest begin?

– When we are kids, we pester out parents questioning them “what is this, what is that?". My dad motivated me to keep questioning even after I grew up. I figured that space is the most unknown subject to man kind and the development in space technology is very slow. After man landed on the moon, no big leap has been made in space exploration. There is crucial importance to explore deep space. This motivated me to begin my career towards space.

What has it been like to study Spacecraft Design at Luleå University of Technology?

– After coming to Sweden from India, I felt the education system is completely different. I realized that I have started developing knowledge and skills not only from books and lectures but from experience by engaging in projects. Kiruna has been a once in a life time experience living inside the arctic circle. Because there are only around 120 students at Space Campus, I feel like being a part of a big family. The northerners of Kiruna are very kind to students. Studying space engineering in Kiruna is a real advantage as we work closely with scientists and engineers at IRF.Kiruna and SSC, Esrange. Personally, I have engaged multiple times with the space professionals to work on projects and courses.

After Australia, you will do your exam thesis. Tell us about that!

– I will do my thesis work with the group of Machine Elements at Luleå University of Technology. I will be working on building a test platform to perform tests on space lubricants that is used in space mechanics such as gears on exploration rovers or reaction wheels on satellites. I also plan to start my own company in the space section, with the help of LTU Business .