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A top space official revealed that India would train 45 countries in nano-satellite which will be making through a new capacity building programme. The programme has been named as “Unispace Nanosatellite Assembly and Training” by ISRO (UNNATI), and it was flagged off in this space hub by state-run Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) chairman K.Sivan and Minister of State in Department of Space Jitendra Singh.

During a gathering of international delegates and ISRO officials at the U.R. Rao Satellite Centre (URSC), Sivan said- “The programme will allow India to share its knowledge and expertise it has in the space sector with other countries which can benefit from it.” But when IANS asked about the budget that had been allocated for the programme, Svian denied disclosing the figures.

The first batch of this initiative has already kicked off, and it will have 30 participants from 17 countries, and this includes Algeria, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bhutan, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Indonesia, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, Myanmar, Oman, Panama, and Portugal.

During a statement, ISRO said- “The programme is the space agency’s initiative to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first-ever United Nations Conference on the Exploration and Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UNISPACE+50) in 1968.”

The participants in this initiative will receive training for eight weeks at URSC’s facilities in Bengaluru, and this training will be related to technologies that are used in making nano-satellites (which are small satellites that weigh between 1-10 kg)

The course will also include theoretical work, training on assembly, integration and testing the nano-satellites.

With the help of this programme, ISRO wishes to share its expertise in the technologies that are related to the small satellite with 90 officials from 45 countries in three batches.

ISRO said- The countries who wish to participate in this initiative will have to nominate a team of two members, and this should consist of one mechanical engineer and one electrical/electronics engineer, who will further be selected for the programme based on certain criteria. The state-run URSC will provide accommodation, living and travel expenses for those select officials who undertake the course.

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