Kerala Govt signs MoU with VSSC to develop Space Park in Trivandrum

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Trivandrum: In a major boost to the Kerala Space Park project, Vikram Sarabhai Space Centre (VSSC) has signed an MoU with the Kerala Government to support its endeavours in promoting Space Technology vertical in the state.

The agreement was signed by State IT Secretary, M Sivasankar IAS and VSSC Director, S Somanath in the presence of Chief Minister, Shri Pinarayi Vijayan, today.

“With VSSC and the Kerala Government joining hands for the project, Kerala is set to make major strides in the space technology sector. This partnership will create an ideal ambience for advanced research and development in space technology”, the Chief Minister said.

The agreement will facilitate VSSC to support the state’s ambitious project to set up the country’s first state-of-the-art Space Systems Park at Knowledge City in Thiruvananthapuram to attract global start-ups in the space sector and make it a major manufacturing hub for space-related technology, research and development.

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum, to be developed by VSSC, a major centre of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), as a befitting memorial to former President and top space scientist, will be part of the overall infrastructure of the Space Park.

Through the MOU, VSSC will support Kerala Space Park in the technical and leadership responsibility and promote the SMEs, startups and other partner entities in developing products and services for the Space Industry.

Kerala Space Park has two sub-verticals – Space Technology Application Development Ecosystem (STADE) and Nano Space park to harness both upstream and downstream capabilities of Space Tech domain. STADE has already signed agreements with French Space Agency CNES and also Airbus, for promotion of Space and Aerospace Startups.

The project will be implemented by the Electronics and IT Department, Government of Kerala. The State Government had already allotted the land required for Dr APJ Abdul Kalam Knowledge Centre and Space Museum, which will be an added attraction to the Space Park. The Government will transfer 20.01 acres of land as lease to the Kerala State Information Technology Infrastructure Ltd (KSITIL) to develop the Space Park at the Knowledge City within the Technocity.

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