(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Highlighting giant strides by Indian youth in the space sector,
PM Narendra Modi, in his 90th episode of the Mann Ki Baat radio
address, said on Sunday that“the country cannot lag behind as
youth is ready to touch the sky. A few years ago, people never
thought of startups in the space sector. But today, their number
has crossed 100”, Trend reports citing The Times of India.
Hailing several big accomplishments in the space sector
recently, Modi said,“One of the big achievements is the creation
of an agency named In-Space, which is promoting and creating new
opportunities for the private sector.”
He said,“Earlier youth thought of the space sector as a secret
mission, but after the country undertook space reforms, the same
youth are now launching their own satellites.” He said that over
750 school students from around the country are now working on 75
small satellites in the Amrit Mahotsav.
The PM also mentioned two desi startups - Agnikul and Skyroot
from Chennai and Hyderabad - which are developing launch vehicles
that will take small payloads into space. Through this, the cost of
launch is estimated to come down significantly.
He further mentioned Hyderabad-based startup Dhruva Space that
is working on high-technology solar panels for satellite deployers
PM Modi talked about Tanveer Ahmed of Digantara, another space
startup that is trying to map waste in space.“I gave him a
challenge to develop a technology that will help resolve the issue
of space debris,” he said. Both Digantara and Dhruva Aerospace are
going to make their first payload launch by Isro's launch vehicle
(PSLV-C53 rocket) on June 30, he said.
“Neha, the founder of Astrome, a space startup in Bengaluru, is
working on an amazing idea. This startup is making such flat
antennas that will not only be small, but their cost will also be
very less. Demand for this technology can be all over the world,”
Modi said. He also mentioned Tanvi Patel, a school student of
Mehsana who is working on a very small satellite, which is going to
be launched in space in the next few months.
Modi said,“During one's childhood, stories of the moon and
stars in the sky attract everyone. For the youth, touching the sky
is synonymous with making dreams come true. Today, when our India
is touching the sky of success in so many fields, how can the
skies, or space, remain untouched by it!”
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