As a way to commemorate the 75th anniversary of India’s independence, the Indian Space and Research Organization (ISRO) will be launching 75 student satellites into space. This information was provided by the chairman of the Indian space agency, S Somnath, during a conference that was jointly attended by science departments and ministries in India.
The student-created constellation will consist of 75 satellites, all of which will be placed in Low Earth Orbit by the end of this year (LEO). These satellites have been designed by students attending Chandigarh University, the Indian Institute of Technology-Kanpur, the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay, and 11 other universities with the intention of promoting the Internet of Things (IoT) in space.
Jitendra Singh, Minister of Science and Technology, who presided over the conference, reported that there have been 55 start-ups that have registered in the space industry in the two years since the government opened it up to private enterprises. There are 55 proposals total, and 29 of them are concerning satellites, 10 about space applications and products, 8 about launch vehicles, and 8 about ground systems and research.
During the discussion, Singh mentioned that nine of the start-ups’ projects are anticipated to be finalized between 2022 and 2023. All departments have provided their inputs on the areas of engagement they are interested in, and the Department of Biotechnology and ISRO have both expressed their preference for taking the lead in the solution creation and deployment process for a number of difficulties.
Since the initiative was first introduced in September of the previous year, various scientific applications for industries such as agriculture, food, education, skill, railways, roads, Jal Shakti, power, and coal, to name a few, are currently being developed by the minister, who further added that these applications are currently under development. In the meantime, the Council for the Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) has, with the assistance of the North Eastern Council (NEC), identified fifty issues that call for scientific and technological intervention in the north-eastern states. This information has been shared with the Department of Science and Technology and is currently being shared with the Ministry of DONER.
The most recent turn of events comes as India works toward its goal of launching three space missions in 2018. These projects include the Chandryaan-3 mission to the Moon, the Aditya L-1 mission that will study the Sun, and the Gaganyaan mission, which will be the most ambitious uncrewed launch. Even though Chandrayaan-3 and Aditya L-1 appears to be nearing the completion of their preparations, there is a possibility that the Gaganyaan mission would be delayed in its launch.