Scientific Secretary, Jatin Wahane, who became the youngest rocket scientist in the world at an astonishing age of 20, has now been awarded as the laureate and titled as Top 100 Entrepreneur of the world by BRICS nations. The title was handed over on November 29, 2022 at Moscow, Russia in the BRICS+ Business Forum.
Jatin is currently 22 years old. Born in Gondia, a town situated in Maharashtra, he was recruited as the scientific advisor for the ATAL Rocket Program at Orbitx India Aerospace in 2020 at the age of 20 and was then advanced to the position of Scientific Secretary, making him the youngest rocket scientist in the world.
From the age of 7, he has desired travelling to space and becoming an astronaut. As soon as Dr. K. V. Sivan, the former chairman of ISRO permitted private space companies to manufacture rockets with the introduction of IN-SPACe, he made the decision to build his own rocket since there was no official process for joining the human space program in India before this announcement. At the age of 20, he joined Orbitx India Aerospace and currently he is in charge of the rocket program as Scientific Secretary. Jatin is in charge of all the aspects of scientific research and development, from conception through manufacturing and launch. Additionally, he plans to build India’s first fully functional reusable rocket using cryogenic fuels. Orbitx India Aerospace plans to showcase its rocket design in December 2022.
Throughout his life, he was strongly influenced by Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam and Dr. Satish Dhavan. Along with the drive to emulate his heroes, he received encouragement from his close friends and family.
Jatin has been building robots since 12, winning several regional and national honors. He was recognized as a Russian Scholar in 2017 as a result of his enthusiasm for physics and robotics. Jatin is recognized by Meghe Group as India’s Youth Icon. He received the Young Innovator Award from Prestige Group and the India Book of Records’ Youngest Physics Researcher award in 2017. Additionally, he delivered the keynote address at the 2020 Indian Education Congress and numerous events. He also made it to the finals of the reality competition Finding Kalam.
At 17 years of age, he took his first solo flight to a foreign nation without any knowledge of the local language. He carried out his research on energy in Siberia, Russia. While traveling to Russia, in 2017, he joined the BRICS Forum, and spoke on behalf of India at the India-Russia Youth Forum, and was responsible for the sections on science and technology, education, defence, and research. Due to his skills in physics and space, he created and invented several technologies connected to energy and its relatively new applications.
Jatin was an average child when we talk about marks. The young scientist believes “Science and innovation is an art, and scientists are basically artists, everybody has their own style to portray the same thing, and my style is simplicity. Breaking a complex problem into simpler pieces and solving these individually and integrating them together to solve the complex problem in a simpler way is my way of perusing this art.” Most of us enjoy the stars from a distance, however, Jatin was aiming to touch the sky.
Jatin Vahane (as said in Russian) was interviewed by Russian journalists where he claimed “He has always desired to learn the language and encounter the hard Siberian winter of -40 degree Celsius. Jatin thinks the freezing weather will only make him tougher. The student chose Kuzbass University after learning a lot about the expertise of Kemerovo linguists while attending Russian language classes at KemSU in October 2017 as part of the Rossotrudnichestvo program for gifted foreigners. Jatin will study foreign languages from August of this year until next August when he will start his professional interest in physics at a Russian University.”
“Now I am working on my theory of space-time dilatation, which I will finish this month and submit for publication by February or March 2018. Perhaps my theory will completely change physics,” says the young scientist.
It is a general phrase that “this is not rocket science”, symbolising that thing is not as difficult as rocket science, but what Jatin is doing here is rocket science. Jatin also conducts “demotivation sessions” in several institutions and schools and directs an NGO program that teaches young people how to build robots. Jatin has a hobby of creating sketches and poetry.