Student Satellites gained prominence globally as a hands-on education tool and has emerged as a trend to build experiential learning and demonstrate enhanced practice-based outcomes.
The inspiration for this activity is the democratization of space that is taking place thanks to the advances in multiple domains and the miniaturization of components and systems. For a nation that is growing at a fast pace, student satellite mission presents a unique opportunity to develop innovative public private partnerships to enhance education at all levels. It is a vehicle for affordable technology development and scientific research, facilitates strengthening the Indian space industry and positions the Indian education system for resilient growth.
Student Satellites offers the unique advantage of shorter development lifecycles, manageable set of requirements resulting in scaled-down complexity, shorter mission life and an acceptable risk of the mission for the Institutions.
The development of a satellite goes far beyond the reach of academic Institutions but can be achieved through ITCA's consortium model that has research organizations, industries, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and funding agencies partnering to facilitate achieving the institution's goals of having its satellite in space.
Through collaborations with ITCA's Indo-Israeli Nanosatellite Programme, academic institutions in India will be able to leverage the end-to-end lifecycle expertise including design, development, manufacture, integration, testing, launch services facilitation and satellite operation, thereby building a high-performance Space-Tech ecosystem at the institution.
Partnering Institutions are expected to enhance student skills, employability, International technology culture, entrepreneurship mindset through start-up & collaborative incubations within Institution in partnership with Industry and R&D Organisations. These transferable skills can be utilized by students to achieve success in any engineering project they would be involved in during their extended career.