Satellite Applications Catapult

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Union Minister Dr Jitendra Singh visits Satellite Applications Catapult at Oxford in the United Kingdom


Satellite Applications Catapult

  • The Satellite Applications Catapult is one of nine Catapults, uniquely established to transform the UK’s capability for innovation in specific areas and to help drive future economic growth. It is helping organisations make use of, and benefit from, satellite technologies, and bring together multi-disciplinary teams to generate ideas and solutions in an open innovation environment.
  • The aim of the Catapult Centre is to support UK industry by accelerating the growth of satellite applications and to contribute to capturing a 10% share of the global space market by 2030.
Development in Space Sector
  • Space Sector in India is emerging as a major foreign exchange earner through the launch of a large number of foreign satellites
  • India has launched 385 foreign satellites so far, out of which 353 were launched in the last 8 years under this government, which is around 90 percent of all launches.
  • ISRO has gradually become one of the six largest space agencies in the world. India has one of the largest fleets of communication satellites (INSAT) and remote sensing (IRS) satellites.
  • These satellites cater to the increasing demand for fast and reliable communication and earth observation respectively
  • ISRO has set-up a Space Technology Incubation Centre in 6 regions of the Country viz. Central, East, North, North-East, South and West to enable the young academia to realise their innovative ideas / research aptitude into space grade components/elements which can be utilised for space applications, and guide them towards setting-up the future start-ups.
Achievement so far
  • ISRO has launched more than 100 satellites so far
  • It has immense in-house satellite building capabilities for GSAT, Earth Observation Satellites and Space based Satellite Navigation Systems
  • India has also developed its own GPS, which we call the Indian Regional Navigation Satellite System or IRNSS.
  • Besides the successful launch of India’s Mars orbiter mission in 2013, India has twice attempted to send its Mission to the moon known as Chandrayaan 1 and Chandrayaan 2.
  • The third satellite mission to the moon, the Chandrayaan 3 will be launched next year.
  • India’s other flagship space programmes also include Human Space Flight Centre or what we call in India as the Gaganyaan project under which we are planning to send our first crewed flight to space in 2024.

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