The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) has started phase one of the training of four Bhutanese engineers. These Space Engineers are being trained under a joint India and Bhutan project wherein they develop a satellite for Bhutan.
Ruchira Kamboj, Ambassador of India to Bhutan, tweeted,” These four promising young space engineers from Bhutan have headed to India today for training at @isr0, as our two countries work together to build a satellite for Bhutan.”
These four promising young space engineers from Bhutan have headed to India today for training at @isro, as our two countries work together to build a satellite for Bhutan. #capacity #innovation #skillshttps://t.co/MKMYlGq9pj pic.twitter.com/IH0bFb10Et
— Ruchira Kamboj (@RuchiraKamboj) December 28, 2020
From December 28, 2020 to February 25, 2021, phase one of the training will take place. The space engineers are being trained at ISRO’s UR Rao Satellite Centre (URSC) and this training will involve theoretical and technical aspects. It will also involve visits to labs and test facilities. Whereas, the second phase of training will focus more on developing the satellite for Bhutan.
The work of this satellite will be to map the country’s natural resources and for disaster management. An India-Bhutan Joint working group is implementing the project. These female space engineers are from Bhutan’s department of information technology and telecom.
Last month, a virtual meet happened between both the Indian and Bhutanese PM. During this meeting, India announced that the small satellite will be launched in the year 2021 and for that as part of capacity building, ISRO will train four Bhutanese engineers.
The project was first announced during PMO Modi’s Bhutan visit in August 2019. During that visit, a ground Earth station for South Asia Satellite was also inaugurated in Thimphu, Bhutan.
India-led South Asia satellite project was launched in the year 2017. Afghanistan, Nepal, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and the Maldives are part of this project. The Indian government has also offered to increase the bandwidth on an additional transponder on the satellite “as per Bhutan’s requirements” and “as a gift”.
Khushi Gupta is an intern with SheThePeople.TV