Global consortia to set up space centre in Andhra Pradesh

M Somasekhar Hyderabad | Updated on January 09, 2018

Centre coming up on 60 acres in Anantapur

CANEUS International, engaged in satellite and space technology, has signed a tripartite agreement with the Andhra Pradesh Economic Development Board (APEDB) and the Andhra Pradesh State Skills Development Corporation (APSSDC) to establish a Centre of Excellence on Space Sciences and Technologies for Development (CoE4SSTD) at Hindpur in Anantapur.

MoU signed

This MoU was signed by Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CANEUS, and J Krishna Kishore, CEO, APEDB, in the presence of Simonetta Di Pippo, Director, UNOOSA (United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs), an Italian astro-physicist with over 30 years of expertise in aerospace affairs and senior officials of ISRO in Bengaluru on Thursday.

The International Astronomical Union (IAU) has named an asteroid 20887 “dipippo” after Pippo, recognising her contribution to space exploration.

The CoE4SSTD is expected to help build capacities and capabilities in space science and research. Andhra Pradesh will partner, collaborate and assist the CoE4SSTD and help align the State with the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.

The centre will be set up on 60 acres of land in Hindupur, and create opportunities for 500 highly skilled direct jobs and over 1,000 indirect jobs in AP. The project is likely to be completed by the end of 2018. Anantapur has already seen Kia Motors, BEL and other major investments.

CANEUS International, a non-profit organisation of professionals involved in public private partnerships in aeronautics, space and defence, recently set up a facility for manufacturing small satellites in Nagpur.

Manufacturing hub

Krishna Kishore, CEO, APEDB, said, “Fostering such collaborations remains a key focus for Andhra Pradesh. This Centre of Excellence will also build deep industry-relevant capabilities and develop a pipeline of talent to support our growing aerospace industry and create the ecosystem for turning Anantapur into a manufacturing hub.”

Milind Pimprikar, Chairman, CANEUS, said, “This knowledge-intensive space industry is an exciting niche opportunity for Andhra Pradesh and the state has the potential to create valuable technology-based careers for those focusing on emerging technologies for solving problems while ushering in Industry 4.0.”

Published on November 17, 2017

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