Space technology Current Affairs - 2020

ISRO sets up Space Technology Cells in premier institutions

The Indian Space Research Organization will set up five Space Technology Cells at the premier institutes in order to carry out research activities. It includes IISc, IITs in Kharagpur, Bombay, Madras and Kanpur.

Space Technology cell

The Technology cells will consist of professors and scholars associated with the institute. Under the programme, the experts will conduct space technology research and applications.

Currently, such a joint programme is being implemented by IIT-Roorke, DRDO and ISRO on “Thin Membrane-based technology to develop parachutes for fighter aircraft”. The STCs are in functioning for more than three decades

RESPOND Programme

The Space Technology cells were established under RESPOND Programme that was started in 1970s. Under this programme the STCs were installed across various premier institutions. The projects run for stipulated time period. New cells are formed after the completion of time period of the project.

Under the programme, the cells develop propulsion systems design and optimization, rocket and satellite technology, aerodynamics and heat transfer related problems.

IIT Delhi, ISRO to set up Space Technology Cell

The Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Delhi will set up a Space Technology Cell in collaboration with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO), the space agency of country at the IIT campus.

With the move, IIT Delhi have joined the league of other premier institutions where the Space Technology Cells (STCs) have been set up, such as Indian Institute of Science Bangalore (IISc) Bangalore, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Bombay, IIT Madras, IIT Kanpur, IIT Guwahati and IIT Roorkee. The Space Technology Cells (STCs) here play a major role in taking up space technology research and applications to the newer heights.

About IIT-D’s Space Technology Cell (STC)

The Space Technology Cell will work for carrying out focused research projects in space technology domain with specific deliverables.

ISRO also proposed that IIT Delhi as an Institute becomes ISRO’s academic partner in research areas such as Artificial Intelligence (AI), nano-technology, functional textiles, smart manufacturing or any other area of joint interest.