The soft-spoken, 56-years-old Dr VR Lalithambika who is heading India’s Gaganyaan Project is all set to for India’s manned mission to space. The project will be headed by Dr. VR Lalithambika who is a skilled taskmaster, control systems engineer. She has spent three decades at ISRO and has been tasked to send a manned mission to space by 2022.
In her 3 decades at Isro, Dr. Lalithambika has worked on all Indian rockets Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV), Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle (GSLV) and the indigenous space shuttle. The 56-year-old engineer got the education in Kerala and has two children.
The engineer has been instrumental in various projects including the launch of 104 satellites in one go on February 15, 2017, and has also played a significant role in the execution of over 100 space missions.
She in an interview said, "My inspiration was my grandfather who was a mathematician, astronomer, and a gadget-maker too. I was getting the exposure of science since my childhood, as my grandfather used to make telescope, microscope, and lenses in the home only. Our house was very close to the rocket testing center and thus from the very tender age I have been grown up along the technologies."
She qualified Gate exam but decided to marry, not pursuing M-tech, she added, "My life got all the achievements only because of my husband's support. I had a 2-year-old child but my husband said that I will take care of the child and you should continue your career."
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She also said about her experience working in ISRO for the Gaganyaan mission, "Working for the vehicle launched technology, including software and hardware, autopilot design, navigation guidance, and control simulation was a great time."
She is a great inspiration to the feminism and youth and her devotion towards science and technologies has made her more famous, we found her as our role model of this era but you know who is her role model, well revealing the fact,she admires Marie Curie as she is one of the rarest women in the world who served the nation with her good work.