Re­search en­gi­neer wants to eval­u­ate data Hope gets

Khaleej Times - - NATION - karen@khalee­j­

Aero­space re­search en­gi­neer Sahith Reddy Madara is ac­tively look­ing to work on the data eval­u­a­tion of the Hope probe in 2021 at the Shar­jah Academy for As­tron­omy, Space Sciences, and Tech­nol­ogy (SAASST), where he cur­rently works.

He found the Hope probe launch es­pe­cially in­spi­ra­tional for its po­ten­tial to mo­ti­vate youth across the Arab world to pur­sue space science de­grees in the fu­ture. “Space has the po­ten­tial to make life on earth so much bet­ter and I’m ex­cited to see where things go,” he said.

For his part, the young­ster — who is UAE’s Na­tional Point of Con­tact for Space Gen­er­a­tion Ad­vi­sory Coun­cil — has his sights set on mak­ing aero­space more sus­tain­able, cleaner and greener. “I in­tend to delve into sus­tain­abil­i­tyre­lated R&D to de­velop space­craft struc­tures for the re­moval of space de­bris. I also wish to pur­sue a PhD to gain the highly tech­ni­cal knowl­edge in­volv­ing com­plex ar­eas of study about space sys­tems op­er­at­ing from within the Earth’s at­mos­phere to in-depth space ex­plo­rations.”

Sahith, who has had 28 re­search pa­pers pub­lished in in­ter­na­tional jour­nals so far, is keen to change the per­cep­tion of the space in­dus­try. “When peo­ple think of space, they think of as­tro­nauts on the moon, rock­ets and space­ships. But even if you’re a lawyer, in­vestor, jour­nal­ist, com­puter pro­gram­mer, doc­tor or pro­ject man­ager, there is a place in space for you.”

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