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Aafaque Raza Khan

As a child, I used to look up at the dark night sky with its bright stars and the idea of finding out more about the wonders that lay beyond the realm of our small blue planet captured my imagination. My involvement with space science began when I became a community educator to spread scientific awareness among young students and the masses.

During my undergraduate studies, I backed my interest with a high level of research and development, and represented India at various international platforms in the Space community. I am the founder and team leader of the “Azad-1 Student Satellite Project” at MANIT, under which 40 undergraduate students are working on the design and development of a Nano-satellite; we aim to launch it by 2015.

I was recognised as one of 12 young students/young professionals from across the globe and was awarded the International Astronautical Federations’ (IAF) Emerging Space Leaders Grant at the 63rd International Astronautical Congress ‘12 in Naples, Italy.

In 2011, I was awarded by the United Nations’ Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) with the “Developing Countries Support Grant” and was given the opportunity to present my paper at the UN/IAF Workshop 2011 and IAC 2011 in Cape Town, South Africa.

At present, I serve as a voluntary Executive Co-Secretary at the Space Generation Advisory Council, Vienna (SGAC), a UN NGO representing students and young professionals in the space community.


Degree and Institution:

B. Tech in Mechanical Engineer from Maulana Azad National Institute of Technology (MANIT), Bhopal


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