Chennai: Three Indian institutions bagged the top honours at the NASA sponsored student competition by winning the foreign category award for designing and launching their own satellites.
The three institutions are Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur (IIT-K), Anna University of Chennai, and SRM University located near here, according to National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) website.
The students won the environmentally responsible (green) aviation college student challenge in May 2011.
According to a statement issued by SRM University here on Friday, a four-member student team - Akshay Garg, Surya Kiran Peravalli, Abdul Sayeed Khan and Pate Sweety Prakash - under the guidance of G Mahendra Perumal, assistant professor in the Department of Aerospace Engineering, participated in the contest.
"They developed a conceptual aircraft named SERA (SRM Environmentally Responsible Airliner)".
The team designed an airplane for 200 passengers incorporating efficient technologies in many aspects like fuel efficiency, aerodynamic performance with small take-off and landing distances.
NASA's Langley Aerodynamic Research Centre, located in Virginia, is organising a student forum during November 15-16 and the SRM University team has been invited to make their presentation, the statement said.
IIT-K and SRM University launched their small satellites - Jugnu and SRMSAT Wednesday - using an Indian rocket Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV).
City-based Anna University became the first Indian university to have launched a satellite Anusat in 2009.