Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) launches UNNATI programme.
Aiming to improve capacity building programme on Nanosatellite development, ISRO has launched UNNATI (UNispaceNanosatellite Assembly &Training by ISRO). The programme provides opportunities to the participating developing countries to strengthen in assembling, integrating and testing of Nanosatellite. The is planned to be conducted for 3 years by U.R. Rao Satellite Centre of ISRO in 3 batches and will target to benefit officials of 45 countries. The first batch started today in which 30 delegates from 17 countries are participating. Each batch will be for 8-week duration and will comprise of theoretical course work on nanosatellite definition, utility, laws governing their impact on space debris, design drivers, reliability & quality assurance and hands-on training on assembly, integration and testing of nanosatellites.
The first batch of this programme is starting on January 17, 2019 with 30 participants from 17 countries (Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Panama and Portugal). These participants were selected from 87 applications from 34 countries.
The initiative seeks to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50). The Programme provides opportunities to the participants from developing countries to strengthen their capabilities in assembling, integrating and testing of nanosatellites.