February 28, 2021 | 2:03 PM IST
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ISRO to train scientists under free Satellite training program

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) is set to offer an eight-week free satellite training program for students from developing countries. Under the training program, the students will learn to build small satellites.
Students from 45 developing countries are expected to participate in the program. ISRO had decided to provide training sessions to space scientists from countries that lack satellite building capability. India had announced to take this initiative during the UNISPACE + 50 meeting in Vienna.
Reportedly, the training sessions will be carried out at the ISRO-owned UR Rao Space Centre (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. ISRO chairman Kailasavadivoo Sivan said, “India is proud to announce an excellent capacity building programme”. Further adding, he said, “It is mainly to give opportunity for students from other countries to come to India and get involved in learning of space technology as well as getting hands-on experience in building satellites.” UNISPACE was started by the United Nations in 1968 to bring together the international community of space scientists and organisations to enable further development of students and young professionals in space research. 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. During the 8 weeks training sessions, the first four weeks will have theoretical sessions followed by two weeks of satellite technology and applications training and two weeks on nano satellite design and realization training.

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