She had to learn to walk again after having a serious accident at the age of 25
Priyanka Das Rajkakati, 30, aerospace engineer and artist Assam
Priyanka Das Rajkakati wanted to be an artist, but was also fascinated by stars. Thus, this aerospace engineer combined his passions to embark on a professional journey that few Indians have attempted. Her work has been selected to be part of an international Moon Gallery project that aims to send art to the moon via a lunar lander mission by 2022. Co-founder and GNC (Navigation) engineer at the company of Franco-German space technology The Exploration Company, which is working on the development, production and operation of a modular and reusable orbital space vehicle, she has now been selected for a one-year scholarship program by the Karman Project , set up by a Berlin-based non-profit foundation. This scholarship brings together 15 people under the age of 45 with exceptional achievements in space.
“Priyanka stood out not only because she was good at physics, but also because of her talent for art and language”
– Bikram Phookun, Professor of Physics, St Stephen’s College, Delhi
Priyanka plans to conduct awareness campaigns in her home state of Assam to raise awareness of how space technologies can be used to improve everyday life. It also seeks to explore and enhance the harmonious existence of the arts and science in all spheres of human life, from a remote village in Assam to the most high-tech cities of the first world.
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