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About Us:

The Department of Space Engineering and Rocketry – the first of its kind in the country was established in 1964 to train scientists and engineers in the important areas of Aerospace Engineering and Rocket Technologies. Since 1968 it has been offering a post- graduate degree course leading to M. Tech. in Space Engineering and Rocketry with specialization in Aerodynamics and Rocket Propulsion. The Department aims to provide state of the art education and training to its students and enable them to contribute efficiently in the National efforts being made in the fields of Space & Defence related technologies and challenging future missions.

The Department provides research facilities at doctoral and postdoctoral levels in the fields of Aerodynamics and Flow Studies, Propellant Technology, Rocket Propulsion, and Combustion.

The Rocket Propulsion Laboratory has static test set-ups equipped with a computer controlled firing facility and PC based data acquisition and analysis system for solid, liquid and hybrid rocket motors. Basic infrastructure for design and fabrication of rocket motors is also available in the Department.

In the area of Propellant Technology, complete processing and characterization facilities are available for rocket propellants and igniters. Advanced techniques and equipments for carrying out research in the areas of high-energy materials, igniters, inhibitors and insulators, and high performance metalized gelled propellants are also available in the Department.

Modern equipments like STA, TGA, DSC, Viscometers, Rheometers, Calorimeters Spectrophotometers Flame Propagation and Stability Unit etc. are available for training and research.

In the Aerodynamics Laboratory, 4 wind tunnels are available to train students and carry out research work in the fields High speed/ Low speed Aerodynamics, and unsteady Aerodynamics. Different types of pressure sensors and flow visualization techniques are available to study the flow field on scaled models of aerospace vehicles.

Commercial software ANSYS to carry out CFD activities is available with high-end research licenses. In-house CFD code developmental activities are also undertaken.


Academic Programs:

The Department offers the following programs:

M. Tech.:  a 2-Year (4-Semester) program offered in two specializations with an intake of 12 students per specialization

a) Aerodynamics                                                                                            

b) Rocket Propulsion                                                                                      

PhD: The Department has a state of the art infrastructure to train Post-graduate students and support R & D, which is also conducted on Grants-in-aid Projects basis, sponsored by various Agencies. Fields of study in Doctoral and Post-Doctoral research includes-

  • Computational and Experimental Aerodynamics
  • Rocket Propulsion 
  • Propellant Technology / Combustion  

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Prof. Mohan Varma

Head, Department of Space Engineering and Rocketry
Birla Institute of Technology Mesra, Ranchi
Jharkhand 835 215, INDIA

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