Thiruvananthapuram: ISRO Chairman A S Kiran Kumar today said mechanisms play a vital role in aerospace technology and asked the scientific community to concentrate more on the modelling and analysis of the complex systems for better prediction of flight performance.
"A large number of mechanisms are being operated in different stages of launch vehicle and each of them need to work satisfactorily for its successful performance," he said.
He was speaking after inaugurating the Aerospace and Related Mechanisms Seminar (ARMS 2016), organized by Indian National Society for Aerospace & Related Mechanisms (INSARM), through video conference here.
"Today, mechanisms play a very important role in our activities. If we take the launch vehicles, we have a large number of mechanisms which operate right from the launching pad," he said.
"Similarly, if we look at satellites, there are also large number of mechanisms which are involved...Whether it is antenna deployment mechanism or the solar panel deployment mechanism," he said.
He said young engineers need to come up with innovative solutions for problems in the changing world and should concentrate more on modeling and analysis of complex systems for better prediction of flight performance.
Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre Director Dr K Sivan stressed that cost-effective, autonomous and reliable space systems were the need of the hour and asked the scientific community to strive towards this aim.
He also spoke of the vital role that mechanisms could play for future missions like the "human in space programme" and other inter-planetary missions that are in the pipeline.
S Somanath, Director, Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre, Tessy Thomas, Director, Advanced Systems Laboratory and S Rakesh, CMD, Antrix were among those who took part in the programme.
Five INSARM awards, including Life Time achievement awards and Young Scientist awards, were given away during the function.
An exhibition, arranged by leading industries in the country along with various entities of ISRO, was also inaugurated as part of the seminar.
The two-day event, attended by more than 300 technocrats, engineers and scientists from across the country, would conclude here tomorrow.