Small satellites will define the future of the new space horizon and associated business. On September 4th 2019, ITCA, the Indian Technology Congress Association, and the Dutch space company Hyperion Technologies have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to work together on an ambitious Indian student satellite programme.
ITCA’s national initiative is backed by India’s vision for the year 2022, when the country completes 75 years of Independence. The resulting “Engineer Your Satellite” Programme (EYS) is designed to build and launch 75 student satellites, integrating global best practices with frugal innovations, with the goal of achieving safe, reliable, and cost-effective access to and from low-Earth orbit.
Thanks to the partnership between ITCA and Hyperion, students will gain better access to technical enhancements to develop a small satellite network constellation. In addition, they will receive expert support, mentoring and consultancy from the two parties. The collaboration will extend into the design and development of collaborative research projects related to the space industry, as well as into the organisation of relevant international events, workshops and competitions.
Official signing at the Indian Technology Congress
The signing ceremony took place on 4th September 2019 at the Indian Technology Congress in Bangalore, India, in the presence of Ms Akanksha Sharma, Senior Policy Officer at the Consulate General of the Kingdom of The Netherlands Bengaluru and Mrs. Pramitha Ramaprakash, Chief Technology, ITCA.
“We are happy to welcome Hyperion Technologies as a strategic partner and stakeholder,” said Mr. Shanmugam, Chief Policy, ITCA. “Their high performance ADCS solution is the perfect complement to our Engineer Your Satellite program. “Their expertise and knowledge in designing products primarily for small spacecraft aligns perfectly with our mission, and their digital social workplace innovation fills our small satellite ecosystem need for solutions that make students more productive. We believe that student-centric missions play an important role in space-related scientific and engineering programmes providing “hands-on” experience for faculty members and enthusiastic students with participation and support from space professionals. It is only logical that we would search for partners from countries known for the high-tech sectors. We are happy to have found such a partner in Hyperion Technologies.”
Bert Monna, CEO of Hyperion Technologies, expressed during the signing ceremony: “We feel honoured to be part of this ambitious programme in the light of India’s Independence anniversary. Working with India’s high-tech universities will bring us forward to test new technologies and be on the cutting-edge. We are looking forward to deepening the professional relationships between the Netherlands and India.”
About the ITCA, EYS Programme
ITCA has created a National Initiative, 75 Students Satellites Mission 2022 to commemorate “India@75”. The result will consist of 75 student satellites. This constellation shall improve the efficiency of communications, monitoring and enabling telemetric evaluations and contribute to mitigation effort of disaster management, forestry, fisheries and agriculture solution systems.
Technology, as a product of the art of science, nurtured by engineering tools and techniques, has played a stellar role in powering growth; shaping the culture and transforming society. Indian Technology Congress (ITC) over the last 15 years attained international prominence as a unique platform fostering Industry-Government-Research Labs-Policy Makers’ collaboration with the objective of capacity-building for global technological progress.
The need for a dedicated Association for Technologists comprising of scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs, and policy-makers has been echoed at many summits, fora, including at the previous editions of ITC; and has been gaining strength and momentum with establishing an Association under the Societies Registration Act. During the recently concluded ITC-2018, a resolution was unanimously adopted in the Bangalore Declaration that Technology Professionals from the industry,
R&D Laboratories, and Academic Institutions should collaborate and ‘institutionalize’ the synergy by establishing the Indian Technology Congress Association (ITCA). Unanimously adopted in the Bangalore Declaration that Technology Professionals from the industry, R&D Laboratories, and Academic Institutions should collaborate and ‘institutionalize’ the synergy by establishing the Indian Technology Congress Association (ITCA).