U.S. aviation corporation Northrop Grumman has late astronaut Kalpana Chawla as the new capsule named Cygnus.
Cygnus NG-14 The US Spacecraft Named After Late Indian-American Astronaut Kalpana Chawala – Insiderfolks, An American commercial cargo spacecraft destined for the International Space Station was named for their significant contribution to the human spaceflight by fallen NASA astronaut Kalpana Chawla, the first woman born in Indian history.
In memorial to the mission specialist who died with his six crewmates onboard the Columbia Space Shuttle, Northrop Grummen, an American multinational aerospace and defence technology corporation, revealed that their next Cygnus spacecraft was named the “S.S. Kalpana Chawla” in 2003.
“Today, we honoured Kalpana Chawla, who made history with @NASA as the first female Indian astronaut. She has had a long term influence on human spaceflights,” tweeted the business.
“Northrop Grumman is proud to be naming Cygnus NG-14 former astronaut Kalpana Chawla. It is the company’s tradition to call every Cygnus an individual who has played a key role in the creation of human space flights.”
“The first Indian woman to go in space was Kalpana Chawla, in consideration of her influential role in literature,” she said.
“Although Kalpana Chawla made the greatest contribution to the space programme, her legacy survives through her fellow astronauts and encouraged her to pursue her footsteps,” she said.
Northrop Grumman is happy to honour the life of Kaalpana Chawla and the illusion of travelling through air and space, “he said.” So his final study conducted onboard Columbia helped us recognise astronaut health and safety in space flights.
The SS Kalpana Chawla capsule is expected to commence on NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia on September 29 on the NG-14 launch at the Northrop Grumman Antares rocket from the Mid-Atlantic Regional Spaceport (MARS). Two days later, the spacecraft arrives and will be connected to the space station.
The spacecraft Cygnus will carry about 3,629 kg of cargo to the space station for the NG-14 Flight.
On 17 March 1962 in Karnal, Haryana, Kalpana Chawla was born. She graduated from Punjab Engineering College in India in 1982 with a bachelor of science in aeronautics engineering.
In 1984 she graduated from the University of Texas with a Masters of Aerospace Engineering, and 1988 earned a Ph.D. of Aerospace Engineering from the University of Colorado.
She was also a licenced flight instructor and held commercial pilot licences for Single and Multi-engine aircraft, seaplans and gliders.
In 1988, Chawla commenced her job at NASA in the Ames Research Center in California as a driven electronic fluid dynamics researcher Her dissertation focused on simulating dynamic air currents observed by “ground-effect” aircraft.
As the vice president and expert in aerodynamics, in 1993, Kalpana Chawla entered Overset Methods Inc.
In April 1991, after Chawla was naturalised by the US, she applied for NASA’s corps of astronauts. She was chosen in December 1994 and was a nominee as an astronaut in Group 15 at the Johnson Space Center in Houston in 1995.
In November 1996, Chawla was assignee on the STS-87, which became the first woman from the Indians to fly in space. STS-87 was assigned to the Space Shuttle.
The second spatial perception of Kalpana Chawla occurred in 2001, when it was chosen for the STS-107 crew. The flight was devoted to study and technology, with some 80 experiments.
When the Columbia Space Shuttle disintegrated upon the Earth’s reenter, Kalpana Chawla lost her life on the mission to the STS-107.
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