Sushanta Khadka gets NASA award
Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on April 16, 2012
KATHMANDU, APR 14 – Sushanta Khadka, a twelfth grader from the Sanga-based Nepal Police High School in Kavre, has won the second place in space settlement contest organised by National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
Five months ago, the Nasa announced the contest calling for concept papers for space settlement globally in which Khadka’s Gaganpur, the Sky City bagged the second award in the individual group. This is the first time a Nepali student has won the annual competition co-sponsored by Nasa Ames and for 6-12th graders (11-18-year-olds) from anywhere in the world. Individuals, small teams of two to six, and large teams of seven or more (often whole classrooms with teacher leadership) had participated in the contest. Grades 6-8, 9-10 and 11-12 were judged separately, except for the grand prize.
“I am very happy that my effort has materialised,” said Khadka. “It took me three months to develop space settlement designs and related materials.”
In his paper, Khadka has proposed a scientific research laboratory as well as a business hub in the space. His space settlement concept also envisions bio-regenerative life systems incorporating all biological components and place for art meditation. In addition, Gaganpur also has a plan for an efficiently functioning government machinery to take care of the law and order and fitness centre of the people residing on it.