Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) Launches Space Science and Technology Awareness Training(START) Programme:
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has announced a new online training programme for post-graduate and final-year undergraduate students of physical sciences and technology. The programme is called Space Science and Technology Awareness Training (START) and is part of ISRO’s efforts to enable Indian students to become professionals in space science and technology.
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The START program is aimed at post-graduate and final-year undergraduate students of physical sciences and technology. The programme will cover various domains of space science, including Astronomy & Astrophysics, Heliophysics & Sun-Earth interaction, Instrumentation, and Aeronomy. It will be delivered by scientists from Indian academia and ISRO centres.
The primary aim of the programme is to provide students with an introductory-level training in space science and technology, giving them an overview of different facets of the field, research opportunities, and career options. The training will also emphasize the cross-disciplinary nature of space science.
Benefits of START:
The programme is expected to help build a human capacity that will lead space science and research in the future. The student community will receive an overview of the different facets of space science and technology and exposure to the research ongoing in different Indian institutes. Students will also gain insight into how their individual aptitude would suit some of the facets of space science and technology. They will get a chance to appreciate the cross-disciplinary nature of the subject and choose their career path accordingly.
- ISRO is the space agency of India and is a major constituent of the Department of Space (DOS), Government of India.
- Its primary objective is the development and application of space technology for various national needs.
- ISRO was previously the Indian National Committee for Space Research (INCOSPAR), set up by the Government of India in 1962.
- ISRO was formed on August 15, 1969, and superseded INCOSPAR with an expanded role to harness space technology.
- ISRO has its headquarters in Bengaluru.
- Its activities are spread across various centres and units.
- Launch vehicles are built at VikramSarabhai Space Centre (VSSC), Thiruvananthapuram.
- Satellites are designed and developed at U R Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Bengaluru.
- Integration and launching of satellites and launch vehicles are carried out from Satish Dhawan Space Centre (SDSC), Sriharikota.
- The development of liquid stages, including cryogenic stage, is carried out at Liquid Propulsion Systems Centre (LPSC), Valiamala (Kerala) and LPSC Bengaluru.
- Sensors for Communication and Remote Sensing satellites and application aspects of space technology are taken up at Space Applications Centre (SAC), Ahmedabad.
- Remote sensing satellite data reception processing and dissemination is entrusted to National Remote Sensing Centre (NRSC), Hyderabad.