Consortium to develop next-gen space technologies

Consortium to develop next-gen space technologies

The IITM Pravartak Solutions Foundation of the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras is preparing to cooperate with five start-ups to create technologies for ecosystem development and commercialization in space and deep space.

The group, dubbed the 'Indian Space Technologies and Applications Design Bureau' (I-STAC.DB), will create next-generation applications. It will focus on developing an end-to-end Atmanirbhar ecosystem for space technologies, ranging from on-demand access to data and space to satellite design and assembly, sensors, next-generation communication technologies such as 6G, satellite and ground station security, data processing, and assimilation for communication and geospatial applications.

DB is encouraging enterprises involved in space and related fields to participate in this initiative. I-founding STAC.DB's members are Dron Vayu Pvt Ltd of Delhi, Agnikul Cosmos Pvt Ltd of Chennai, GalaxEye Space Solutions Pvt Ltd, Mindgrove Technologies Pvt Ltd, and Resileo Labs LLP of Delhi.

The medium and long-term outcomes and impact of I-STAC.DB include the design of launch vehicles and spacecraft for additive manufacturing; development of mobile launch platforms on land, air, and sea; capacity development for trusted, reliable, and rapidly repeatable satellite launch; and establishment of precision navigation and ground station infrastructure.

Other anticipated outcomes include the development of hyperspectral vision, photogrammetry, and synthetic aperture radar sensors, as well as sensor fusion; on-board processing in space based on edge computing and deep learning; earth observation remote sensing, 5G/6G/7G communication, and inter-satellite communication within constellations; satellite applications such as data storage and management; and space debris management.

The Department of Science and Technology funded the Indian Institute of Technology-Madras to host a Technology Innovation Hub (TIH) in the sensor, networking, actuators, and control systems (SNACS) domain as part of its National Mission on Interdisciplinary Cyber-Physical Systems. IITM Pravartak Technologies Foundation was recently created by IIT Madras to host this TIH.

Prof. Satya Chakravarthy, Head, I-STAC.DB, and Faculty, IIT Madras' Department of Aerospace Engineering, stated, "Collaboration is the mantra in today's world. No single organisation can fulfil all of the requirements for the end user of space applications. As a result, this coalition naturally attracts all of these critical stakeholders.”

Dr. M. J. Shankar Raman, CEO, IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, stated, "IIT-M Pravartak is overjoyed to have dynamic and young entrepreneurs collaborate on this platform to advance India's space ecosystem." This is the manifestation of their unwavering devotion and conviction.”

Prof. V. Kamakoti, Faculty In-Charge, IIT Madras Pravartak Technologies Foundation, and Member, Government of India's National Security Advisory Board, stated, "The time has come to pool the talent available in our country to synergize and deliver an end-to-end ecosystem for space and allied technologies." Indian Space Technocrats are renowned space technology Gurus, and this consortium serves as a Guru Kul, a premium knowledge hub for India and the rest of the world to access.”