The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and Veer Surendra Sai University of Technology (VSSUT), Burla, signed a letter of intent on Tuesday to set up an innovation and incubation center at the technical institute to increase students’ knowledge of space research.
Under the agreement, ISRO will provide VSSUT with technical advisory support and Rs 50 lakh financial support for infrastructure expansion, a university spokesman said in a statement.
The MoU was signed during a video conference in the presence of ISRO chairman K Sivan and VSSUT vice chancellor Atal Chaudhuri.
There will be a collaboration for the development of high-end simulation tools, miniature test facilities – such as static test facilities, research laboratories for fixed drives – and the establishment of test facilities for scaled-down models.
A “Sounding Rocket” developed by the institute’s VSSUT Innovation Club had found a place in the Limca Book of Records.
The ISRO chairman expressed the hope that the proposed VSSUT Space Innovation Center (VSSSIC) will advance students’ knowledge of space exploration.
The ISRO chair noted that the students will be more interested in space exploration and application in the future, and said this will change the country as more research is required for the development of subsystems and propulsion systems.
ISRO will facilitate the limited use of rocket launch facilities such as Thumba, Sriharikota or Balasore (under DRDO), in which all kinds of security systems are available, for the launch of future sounding rockets developed in the VSSUT’s Space Innovation Center, the university spokesman said .
For its part, the VSSSIC will examine the latest global trend in space technology and take up related projects that will benefit the country.