“It has been almost 50 years since we final stepped on the moon… We are on the point of take people again to the moon and past, to Mars,” Iyer advised TOI.
Artemis I will likely be an uncrewed flight of the spacecraft Orion, the primary of three advanced missions for exploration on the moon and Mars. Orion will journey 280,000 miles (over four,50,000 km) from Earth, hundreds of miles past the moon in a three-week mission. In that point, it would acquire knowledge whereas mission controllers will go over the efficiency of the spacecraft to set the stage for Artemis II, when a crewed spacecraft will orbit the moon. Finally, in 2024, Artemis III will take astronauts to the moon.
As the launch built-in product workforce lead with Boeing, Iyer is engaged with the element of the Artemis I which is able to take Orion into house — the Space Launch System (SLS) — whose core stage arrived on the Kennedy Space Center in Florida in late April. She has been concerned with SLS for 2 years now.
“SLS is the most powerful rocket in the world … Boeing is responsible for building the rocket’s core stage, which contains the main propulsion system and avionics (electronic systems). It is designed to operate for about 500 seconds, reach 530,000 feet in altitude before breaking away. My role involves overseeing any post-production support that NASA needs once the core stage is built and handed over to NASA,” Iyer mentioned. “The major parts of the Artemis I rocket have all been built and tested separately. My team from Boeing … is going to support NASA at Kennedy Space Center with assembly, integration and testing. We will also be monitoring data displays and providing support on launch day.” The launch is scheduled for November this 12 months.
Iyer was one of many first girls to graduate in mechanical engineering in her faculty, VLB Janakiammal College, in 1992. “I was the fourth batch from my college with a mechanical engineering degree and one of the first women to do so. When I got placed, I was the only woman in my batch. I was asked to find another woman ‘for safety’. I had to convince a friend,” she mentioned.
Now, she leads a various workforce of mechanical and electrical engineers. “Involved with the SLS launch are engineers who have been part of the human space exploration program for 30-40 years since the shuttle days. There are engineers who are new. I also have the pleasure of leading women and people from different countries,” she mentioned. “My manager — the director of production, test and launch — is a woman. Her manager — vice-president of space and launch engineering — is as well. The NASA SLS launch director and NASA core stage element leader are women … It has been great seeing more women in the field.”