A session on Space - Make in India was organized today on the sidelines of Make in India Week, Mumbai. The mega event is being organized by Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) in partnership with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP), and the Government of Maharashtra. This exposition was inaugurated by Prime Minister Mr Narendra Modi and brings together government, industry, overseas participants, artists and academics on a wide canvas.
Welcoming the distinguished panel and the audience at the Make in India session on Space, Dr Y V N Krishna Murthy, Scientific Secretary, Indian Space Research organization (ISRO), highlighted the remarkable achievements of India in the space sector. More than 500 industries work with ISRO. ISRO has been providing handholding support to Indian industry. More than the direct business from ISRO, ISRO partners benefit from monetising their association with ISRO. ISRO will soon have average 12 space launches per year. Currently the average is six launches.
Dr Tapan Mishra Director, Space Applications Centre, (SAC, ISRO) in his Keynote address informed the audience about the new products and services SAC would be offering in the near future. Complex radars to capture high resolution imagery, optical images for night and remote sensing for various applications are some aspects under research and development in SAC. Dr Mishra also called upon the business community for more private investment in the space sector to help it grow three folds in the next 4 years.
Throwing more light on the remote sensing capabilities of ISRO, Dr PG Diwakar, Deputy Director National Remote Sensing Centre, said that some of the new equipment can help urban planners with geospatial related services. He stressed on the need for commercialization of these services by the private sector.
Shri P V Venkitakrishnan, Deputy Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre said that the space industry has huge capital investment and a PPP model would be highly beneficial to achieve even greater heights.
Dr S V Sharma, Deputy Dir, ISRO Satellite Centre, enumerated various accomplishments of the centre. He said that ISRO satellite centre has built over 70 satellites in the last 41 years. He added there is a huge demand for small launchers with carrying capacity of 500 Kg and more and these are available to interested service providers for mobile transport internet like on a moving train. He also invited more private investments in the space research arena and added that ISRO is willing to put together all requirements on its website to invite proposals from the industry.
17 February 2016