Jahnavi Dangeti, a second-year engineering student has created history by becoming the only Indian to undergo International Air and Space Program (IASP) at NASA Launch Operations’ Kennedy Space Centre in Alabama, the U.S.
India achieved an unprecedented feat in varied sectors in 2021, despite the overwhelming challenges. Indians left no stone unturned to make the country proud. In this row, taking the name of India high on the world stage, Jahnavi Dangeti, a second-year engineering student has created history by becoming the only Indian to undergo International Air and Space Program (IASP) at NASA Launch Operations’ Kennedy Space Centre in Alabama, the U.S. Adding the feather of achievement on India’s hat, Jahnavi has always held curiosity to know about the mysteries of the space and the distant planets since her childhood.
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A B-Tech ECE (Hons), a second-year student, who aspires to become an astronaut, made it big on the world stage by becoming the first Indian to go through intense training at NASA where only a handful of young people gets selected. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Jahanvi cracked the IASP interview and moved to the U.S. to attend this programme. She was also appointed as the mission director for ‘Team Kennedy’, where she led a group of 16 people from several countries. Her team successfully launched and landed a miniature rocket into the sky. She also operated an aircraft Cessna 172 for the first time as a part of her training. Jhanvi also went through various phases and also got trained as an astronaut. A retired American Naval aviator and a former NASA astronaut Kenneth D Cameron mentored the batch for future endeavors. Jahnavi is vice-president of Space Magica, a startup astronaut training center for students and the general public. She has been a campus ambassador for numerous organizations, including Star (Space Technology and Aeronautical Rocketry), an Indian private aerospace company. Jahnavi is a member of the International Organization of Aspiring Astronauts (IOAA).
The International Air and Space Program is a 5-day educational program that drives the leaders of tomorrow in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) areas. It involves teamwork, problem-solving and communication, among students and expert NASA engineers to adapt and solve any unexpected problems. Jahnavi participated in the fall edition of the program which was organized at NASA Launch Operations’ Kennedy Space Center in Alabama for middle, high school, and university students from November 14th to 20th.
The program has a strict admissions process where only 60 students from across the world are selected as a part of the program. As part of the training, the activities included zero gravity, multi-access training, and underwater rocket launch.