ISRO will offer students from 45 developing countries for building small satellites over a period of eight weeks. The organization will carry the expense of the students as the ISRO free satellite training program.
The training will be carried out at the ISRO-owned U.R. Rao Space Center (URSC) in Bengaluru. Chairman K. Sivan has announced the launch of this program at the ongoing UNISPACE Symposium in Vienna that’s being held between June 18 and 21.
The United Nations started UNISPACE in 1968, and what better occasion would India have to launch the program, amid the community of space scientists and organizations around the world! It is the perfect stage to encourage students and young professionals in space research and implementations.
As for the program by ISRO, it is required that the built satellites will meet quality standards for the Indian organization to launch those. The aim is to reach out to the countries with limited knowledge and exposure to space research and development.
URSC will train one batch of students every year for three years, and it will be supported by Ministry of External Affairs and UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs). While the selection of the first batch will see through the coming September, trainings are to begin in November.
As per the system, each country gets to nominate two engineering students, one from the mechanical field and another from the electrical field. Each year will have 30 such students from 15 countries, and they will be divided into 3 teams each consisting of 10 students.
The first four weeks will have theoretical classroom-type lessons, with two weeks comprising of satellite technology and applications, and two more on nano satellite design and realization.
The next four weeks will get them across hands-on experience with integration, assembly, and testing. Teams will receive hardware and material for producing a functioning prototype by the end of the program.
ISRO will have its appointed trainees to lead the program. Satish Dhawan Space Centre will launch the working nanosats that will carry payloads developed solely by ISRO. The satellites are supposed to weigh about 10 kg, will run on 12 watts of power, and will have a six-month lifespan.