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IIT Madras calls upon Indo-Pacific countries to boost ties in space sector

IIT Madras calls upon Indo-Pacific countries to boost ties in space sector

IIT Madras, the U.S. Consulate General Chennai, and Indian Space Association (ISpA) have called upon governments and the business community in Indo-Pacific countries to boost scientific and business collaboration in the space technology sector.

Professor V Kamakoti, Director, IIT Madras, on 25th January 2023 released a Whitepaper titled ‘Space Technology: The Next Business Frontier – Opportunities and Challenges for the Indo-Pacific Region’ and presented the first copy to Judith Ravin, U.S. Consul General in Chennai.

IIT Madras hosted a three days international conclabve on October 15 to 17, 2022 in collaboration with ISpA and supported by the U.S. Consulate General Chennai. The white paper was released in the conclave.

The collaboration between the three bodies highlighted the core areas where further collaboration would lead to the greatest benefit — Make in Space for Use in Space, Make on Earth for Use in Space and Make in Space for Use Back on Earth.
The Whitepaper will be shared widely with key stakeholders in India, the United States, Indo-Pacific and other countries who are leaders or emerging or are planning to develop the space industry sector in their countries.
A statement by IIT Madras states, “The Whitepaper notes that international cooperation has been part of the Indian space programme since its inception. Components of international cooperation were present in many significant milestones in the Indian Space Programme including the establishment of Thumba Equatorial Rocket Launching Station, conduct of the Satellite Instructional Television Experiment and Satellite Telecommunication Experiment Project, launches of Aryabhata, Bhaskara, Ariane Passenger Payload Experiment (APPLE), IRS-IA, IRS-IB satellites, INSAT series of satellites and the Mission to Moon, among others.”

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