New Delhi: Top officials from Australian and Dutch space agencies have expressed interest in collaborating and working closely with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO). While both countries have decades of experience in space technology, it was only in the last decade that they formally established their respective space agencies.
According to Anthony Murphett, deputy head of the Australian Space Agency, space will be an important part of Australia’s focus areas in the coming years. The scheme will cover startups and businesses and their solutions to transform agriculture, disaster management etc. ASA, which was established about three years ago, is looking for domestic and international cooperation for this.
“The Australian Government is proud to support the Gaganyaan mission by tracking through the territory of Australia on the Cocoa (Keeling) Islands. This shows that Australia can be a reliable partner – we were NASA partners during the Apollo missions, we Hayabusa Japan had partners during 1 and 2 and now we are working with India on the Gaganyaan mission,” Murphett said.
Citing the immense opportunities for collaboration for industries, the Australian space official said that ASA and ISRO had recently updated their MoU to underline the strong bilateral ties.
“Australia wants to invest and be a partner and business facilitator to transform the economy and also through regulation. We are setting up facilities in Australia to test space hardware, we have also invested in a command and control facility in Perth. We have large scale automation and robotics technology used in mines (with very harsh conditions), which are more than 1600 km away, we hope to use that expertise for automation in space as well are,” the Australian official said.
The Netherlands Space Office (NSO), the Dutch space agency, also expressed interest in more collaboration with ISRO. Representing the agency, Deputy Director, Nico van Puten, said that although NSO was formally established in 2009, it was one of the founding members of the European Space Agency four decades ago. About his country’s focus areas in space technology, he said that it includes development of products and services, miniaturization of technology, components and sub-systems, satellite instruments for earth observation and studies of agriculture, air quality, climate, water management. for the use of satellite data. e.t.c.
“Air quality monitoring is an area of cooperation between the Netherlands and India and large-scale data collection by the Tropospheric Monitoring Instrument (Tropomi) on the Sentinel-5P mission launched in 2017. The Netherlands is under more than 50% of the ocean. level, so we are interested in water and agriculture and that is one of our specialties,” Van Puten said.
He also shared images of NO2 (Nitrogen Dioxide) monitoring in India, showing the difference between pre-pandemic and pandemic-lockdown 2020 differences in pollution levels.
It should be noted that, unlike India, Australia and the Netherlands do not yet have a standalone and independent space-travel program. They work, in particular, with other agencies and countries to perform missions jointly.
Representatives of foreign space agencies spoke at the inaugural session of the International Space Conference and Exhibition on ‘Creating New Space in India’.
Organized by the Confederation of Indian Industry along with the Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and their partners, the three-day virtual conference will have eight sessions with over 65 speakers from ISRO, industry and global space agencies, focusing on specific topics – for Addressing opportunities Industry, trends in satcoms, business models, start-up growth drivers etc.
The conference also has a session dedicated to start-ups.
Earlier Zee Media had reported that ISRO will also launch two satellites To provide communications, tracking support for its manned spacecraft. Known as IDRSS (Indian Data Relay System satellites), they will be placed approximately 36,000 km above the equator (where it will remain in sync with the Earth’s rotation or geostationary orbit) and with India’s space assets for nearly total tracking and communication will be offered.
It should be noted that a group of three satellites located in an orbit of 36,000 km can offer real-time, 24/7 monitoring of almost the entire Earth. Apart from space-based tracking, there will be ground-based and floating platforms (ships) that will be used to track Gaganyaan as it orbits the Earth.