On 19th March, 2021 Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with National Institute of Technology (NIT)- Rourkela to set-up a Space Technology Incubation Center (S-TIC) at NIT-Rourkela campus, Odisha. This will be the 4th S-TIC of the 6 targeted by ISRO.
i.Under this MoU, Rs. 2 crores will be provided by ISRO to the NIT for infrastructure development of S-TIC & to carry out ISRO projects & prototypes.
ii.The campus is selected for Eastern Region covering Odisha and adjoining states – West Bengal, Bihar, Jharkhand & Andaman & Nicobar.
iii.S-TIC will enable start-ups to build applications & products that could be used in future space missions.
iv.Thus covering ‘Aatmanirbhar Bharat Abhiyan’ in the Space Technology sector.
About Space Technology Incubation Center (S-TIC):
Aim- To inculcate innovative ideas among students in the field of Space Technology.
ISRO is in the process of setting-up one Space Technology Incubation Centre in 6 regions ie; Central, East, North, North-East, South & West.
Already 3 such centers have been inaugurated at NIT-Agartala, NIT-Jalandar and NIT-Trichy.
Recent Related News:
i.ISRO sets up ‘NETRA’ (NEtwork for space object TRacking and Analysis) – Dedicated Control Centre for Space Situational Awareness.
ii.ISRO & IIT-BHU Signs MoU to Set-up Regional Academic Center for Space (RAC-S) at IIT-BHU.
Founded by Vikram Sarabhai, also known as the Father of Indian Space Program.
Headquarters- Bangalore, Karnataka
Chairman- Kailasavadivoo Sivan