ISRO and Microsoft partner to promote space technology startups in India

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) and global software company Microsoft signed an agreement on Thursday to boost the growth of space technology startups in the country. Under this, these startups will be strengthened through technology, market-related help, and mentoring.

The company’s president, Satya Nadella, is in India for the past few days to participate in the Microsoft Future Ready Technology Summit. Microsoft said in a press release that this partnership will help ISRO plan to nurture budding space technology innovators and entrepreneurs in the country. With this, these startups will get free access to technology-related tools and resources to run their business. ISRO President S Somanath said the partnership with Microsoft will help space technology startups in analyzing and processing satellite data and will be able to use resources such as artificial intelligence and machine learning.

In addition to access to technology, Microsoft will provide support to these startups, from space engineering to cloud technologies, product and design, fundraising and marketing. Last year, ISRO’s NewSpace India Limited (NSIL) business unit successfully launched 36 OneWeb broadband satellites from the Satish Dhawan Space Center in Sriharikota, Andhra Pradesh. Bharti Global is the largest investor in low Earth orbit satellite communications company OneWeb.

This was one of the big commercial orders from ISRO and NSIL. This was the first order in which the LVM3 rocket was used. OneWeb has said that it plans to provide high-speed connectivity across the country by next year. The completely domestically built LVM3 rocket has been involved in four successful missions so far. These include the important Chandrayaan-2 mission. ISRO prepares to launch its third mission to the Moon. Chandrayaan-3 will be launched in June this year. This is a major campaign for exploration on the surface of the Moon. The rover designed for Chandrayaan-3 can better calculate the altitude of the trip and avoid places where there may be danger.

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