BENGALURU: Indian space agency ISRO on Tuesday opened a space technology incubation centre in Tripura capital Agartala, which was unveiled remotely from the country’s tech hub Bengaluru in Karnataka.
“The ISRO Space Technology Incubation Centre opened at the National Institute of Technology (NIT) at Agartala will incubate start-ups to build applications and products, along with the industry, that can be used in future space missions,” Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Chairman K. Sivan said on the occasion.
Sivan was speaking at the first edition of ‘Spacetronics 2018’ summit here organised by the India Electronics and Semiconductor Association (IESA), the trade body of electronics design and manufacturing industry, to discuss the opportunities for electronics makers in Indian space sector. The incubation centre was opened as part of the summit by Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb.
ISRO will also provide the necessary mentorship and guidance to individuals and businesses at the incubation centres. “If the prototypes developed by the start-ups along with the industry meet the standards required, ISRO will acquire the technologies and components for use in its future space missions,” the ISRO chief told a gathering of industry representatives.
The incubation centre will provide Tripura with an opportunity to steer ahead in the Information Technology (IT) and manufacturing sectors, the State’s Chief Minister said at the summit. “While the incubation centres will promote manufacturing and innovations along with the industry, the academic centres will focus on space research,” Sivan said. (IANS)