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“New Space Policy will boost private participation”


By Our Staff Reporter 

Dehradun, 9 May: Well-known aerospace scientist and former Director of Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre, Dr Bhanu Pant, said that the Central Government’s New Space Policy will bring much wanted reforms in aerospace industry. The policy, which was approved in April this year, will strengthen the country’s economy by boosting the aerospace sector and will also rope in more private participation.


Dr Pant said this while addressing the audience at an event organised by the Department of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at Graphic Era Deemed University (GEU), here, today.

Dr Pant, who is associated with the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), said that the nano-satellites market is growing rapidly across the world and is all set to grow even further. Nano-satellites, also known as cubesats, are very small in size and weigh less than 10 kilograms. There is a rapid increase in their popularity primarily because of their low cost and versatility of operations. The main reason for this, he said, is the increasing demand for Earth observation and remote sensing equipment, for which nano-satellites are used.  He added that a larger role for the private sector in the new space policy is a step in the right direction. Until a few years ago, it was difficult for private companies to enter into this sector. It was for the first time in 2019, that ISRO opened its satellite launching facility for them and, today, there are several private players in this sector.

Dr Pant narrated ISRO’s journey, which began in 1960s from a small village, Tumba, near Thiruvananthpuram, through a presentation. He said that the field of aerospace engineering is full of opportunities.

Registrar, GEU, Dr Dinesh Kumar Joshi, Director, Research and Accreditation, Dr Praveen Patil, Department Head, Dr Sudhir Joshi, faculty member, Dr Nitin Joshi and students were present on the occasion.

The Department of Electronics and Communication of the university also organised a guest lecture on Nanosheet Transistor Technology today. Professor, IIT Roorkee, Dr Sudeb Dasgupta explained the latest technology being used in microchips the world over in the lecture. He said that the use of this latest technology in microchips makes electronic circuits very compact. Head of Department Dr Irfanul Hasan, faculty members Dr Varun Mishra, Dr Abhay Sharma and students attended the lecture.