ISRO Sets Up An Academic Centre For Space At NIT Karnataka

ISRO Sets Up An Academic Centre For Space At NIT Karnataka

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) has set up a regional academic centre for space in the National Institute of Technology (NITK) at Surathkal in Karnataka’s southwest Dakshina Kannada district, an official said on Saturday. The ISRO will provide Rs 2 crore grant annually as per reports, to NIT for the R&D jobs and promotional activities through the year. The technology institute and the space agency signed an agreement in Surathkal on the industry-academic collaboration on Friday, about 380km.

Regional centre for space in K’taka

Speaking to the media Space bureau’s director for capacity building P.V. Venkitakrishnan said the centre at NIT-K will conduct joint research and development in space technology applications to meet the needs of our area programmes.

The center, fourth in the nation, will also ease promoting space technology in the southern states, including Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Puducherry, Tamil Nadu and Telangana and be an ambassador for capacity-building, awareness and research and development (R&D). The committee will plan activities like research programmes of interest and reviewing their jobs.

Management committee and A policy will direct the centre in optimum utilisation of the research possible, infrastructure, expertise and experience of the area agency and the autonomous institute. ISRO’s visiting with scientists and experts and researchers and NIT faculty members will guide the activities, including projects of the centre. NIT faculty Umamashewara Rao reported that the B. Tech and M.Tech students will be engaged in carrying out short term research projects of a yearlong duration, PhD students will be engaged in long term projects of 2-4 years related to the progress of the shuttle programme. Students will also receive research fellowships.

The intellectual property rights (patent) generated in the projects will be allegedly jointly owned by ISRO and NITK. The other three centers are Malaviya National Institute of Technology in Haryana at Kurukshetra University at Thanesar, Guwahati University in Assam’s state capital and Jaipur in Rajasthan.

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In a related development, the city-based space agency allegedly also tied up with the state-run Indian Institute of Astrophysics (IIA) for cooperating to develop space situational awareness. The space agency’s scientific secretary R. Umamaheswaran stated that The agreement envisages utilisation of IIA’s expertise in astrophysics and astronomy for creating advanced technologies for inter-planetary space explorations.

Both the research and academic institutions will also collaborate in setting up telescope facilities under the Netra project for space object tracking, studying asteroids, space weather and near-earth objects. Whereas IIA Director Annapurni Subramaniam said that this collaboration will help to advance in a variety of fields of astronomy and astrophysics.

Volcanoes in Venus?

Explaining the consequences of the research, USRA scientist Dr. Justin Filiberto said,”If Venus is indeed active these days, it would make a wonderful place to visit to better understand the insides of planets. We could study Venus and the Earth have active volcanism and how planets cool, but Mars does not. Future missions should be able to see these flows and changes in the surface and provide concrete evidence of its action,” at a summit in Lunar and Planetary Institute (LPI).

How did they conclude about volcanoes in Venus?

The team reportedly recreated Venus’ hot air in their laboratory to study how Venusian minerals respond and change over time. Their results showed an abundant mineral in basalt – olivine – reacts within weeks becomes coated oxide minerals – according to the study and with the atmosphere. They indicated that the lava flow was recent and the scientists discovered that this transformation would take a few years and hence would indicate that volcanoes were active on Venus.

The Shukryaan-1 mission of india in 2023

While the team has said that future missions will be able to explore further, India’s own mission Shukrayaan-1 is scheduled into the planet in 2023. ISRO had invited proposals to perform novel experiments on its intended Venus mission in 2018. ISRO intends to research in its Venus mission comprise surface, subsurface, and atmosphere of Earth, in addition to its interaction with the Sun.

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