ISRO is making the headlines for all the right reasons and thanks to its scientists. As a team, they have always performed well and the results speak for itself. With a wide range of experience in launching tons of satellites in the previous 2 decades, India, without a doubt, is one step ahead of other countries.
In fact, India’s contribution to space programme even sparked countrywide interest. It is cognisance of the fact that India launched several satellites to space, and the one to Mars became the best addition in their successful journey.
Now it appears that other countries are coming to us to learn how to execute the same more effectively. As per new information from the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), India will train as many as 45 countries in the manufacture of nano-satellites, by means of a new capacity building programme. It was officially announced by ISRO chairman K Sivan and Minister of State for Space Jitendra Singh.
The programme will be captioned “Unispace Nanosatellite Assembly and Training(UNNATI)”. “The programme allows India to share its knowledge and expertise in the space sector to other countries that can benefit from it,” Sivan said while addressing the reporters at a press conference in Bengaluru. However, he chose not to reveal the budget allocated for the programme for time being.
The first batch of “students”- 30 participants from 17 countries- Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Panama and Portugal. In addition to that, there were also be 2 other batches at later dates for the remaining 60 participants for the other 28 countries.
It is a part of ISRO’s ceremony of the 50th anniversary of the first UN Conference on the “Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space” (UNISPACE+50) in 1968. ISRO adds that it will provide participants with 8 weeks of training at the UR Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) in Bengaluru. This will include theoretical design and hands-on training for assembly, systems networking, and testing.