(Odisha sports): Odisha-born girl Susmita Mohanty also known as the ‘space woman’ brought laurels to her state by being featured in international media BBC’s 100 most influential women list.
Susmita is a spaceship designer who founded India’s first space start-up. She uses her business to help monitor and understand climate change from space, BBC wrote in a description page.
Daughter of former Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) scientist Nilamani Mohanty, Susmita started her career early with various space organisations. She received her training in prestigious institutions such as India’s National Institute of Design, France’s International Space University (ISU). After acquiring PhD in aerospace architecture from Sweden, she worked at Boeing and NASA. She was also associated with European Space Agency (ESA) and even ISRO among other space organisations.
The space entrepreneur started her start-up, Earth2Orbit, in 2008 and has been working on climate change. The BBC on Wednesday released its list of 100 influential women, which has seven Indians from various walks of life. The list includes Precious Adams, Parveena Ahanger, Fiona Kolbinger, Aranya Johar, Vandana Shiva and Natasha Noel, among others.