Sreeparna Basu talks about Lockheed Martin Roll On/Roll Off Indian University Payload Design Competition

Team Tesseract is a working group of fifteen students who represent their Alma Mater, University of Petroleum & Energy Studies, in collaboration with US Defense giant Lockheed Martin and TATA Advanced Systems Ltd., in building a prototype payload for the C130J Super Hercules military aircraft, which will become a part of the Indian Air Force and the National Disaster Relief Force to be utilised in times of calamity for the aid of the citizens of India.

The entire competition is divided into three phases.

  • Phase I: To present the concept of the payload. Five teams including UPES, IIT Delhi, IIT Chennai, Delhi Technological University & BITS Pilani-Goa campus were selected for next phase i.e. High-Level Design.
  • Phase II was presenting the conceptual design. We secured the first position in this phase followed by IIT Chennai. We were awarded a grant of US$ 40,000.
  • Now, both the teams are in phase III, i.e. in the prototype developing stage. The stakeholders for this competition are Indian Air Force (IAF), Defense Research and Development Organisation (DRDO), TATA ADVANCE SYSTEM, ADE and many other organizations.

I am working in the Electrical Department, i.e. electrical circuitry and renewable resources for power generation. My aim is to design a sustainable and economical wiring system for the payload and a compact renewable power source (biogas) in addition to the electrical circuitry.

Written By

Sreeparna Das

B.Tech in Electrical Engineering



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