Startups to play key role in Indian space industry: VSSC Director

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Startups are set to play an even bigger role in the manufacturing of space programs in the industry 4.0 as exploring industrial alternatives for Indian space sector will likely be essential by 2050, S Somnath, Director, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), stated right here on Friday.
“Production of rockets through Indian industry will be one of the key changes in 2050. Commercialisation of Indian launch vehicle and satellite capacity will happen in the Industry 4.0 scenario,” he stated.

Somnath was delivering the keynote tackle on “Industry 4.0 – Impact on Jobs” at TRIMA 2020, the annual conference of Trivandrum Management Association (TMA).

Industry is the development in direction of automation and knowledge change in manufacturing applied sciences and processes, the Internet of Things (IoT), industrial web of issues (IIOT), cloud computing, cognitive computing and Artificial Intelligence.

About 35 startups have already come up in space sector, three of them centered on designing of rockets, 14 in designing satellites and the remaining in drone-based functions and providers sector.

“These startups have typically approached ISRO with their prototypes for testing and analysis,” he stated.

“I can’t predict if they are going to be successful in terms of making rockets and launching them. But I wish them success,” the professional stated.

The important query earlier than ISRO is that if such an vital job wants to be handed over to personal sector and allow them to deal with it, Somnath stated including the space organisation is taking a look at massive corporations that are prepared to take up the job in phrases of producing and supporting the startups.

Foreign companies like Airbus are discussing the probabilities of coming to India and establishing their vegetation, which is one other change that’s going to occur in the space sector, the VSSC director famous.

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