CHENNAI: The Indian Institute of Technology Madras (IIT-M) and US Consulate will host a 3-day international conclave titled ‘Space Technology’ from October 15-18, at its campus in the city, officials said.
Several national and international space agencies including the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency, and the Australian Space Agency, government bodies and companies from the private sector are expected to participate in the conclave.
“This conclave will bring together major stakeholders in the space technology sector to explore ways to optimise business opportunities and collaboration across the Indo-Pacific region,” said Satyanarayanan Chakravarthy, coordinator of IIT-M’s National Centre for Combustion Research and Development. “Experts will also analyse challenges, risks, and opportunities for entrepreneurs investing in these sectors.”
As an outcome of the conclave, organisers aim to establish ‘Association of Space Entrepreneurs in the Indo-Pacific’, a networking and lobbying platform focused on innovation and entrepreneurship in the space sector. Stakeholders will recommend a future roadmap to promote international aerospace business and scientific space collaborations.
“Space is an important element of the Indo-US relationship that draws linkages between our 2 nations in the field of scientific exploration, emerging technologies and commercial partnerships,” explained Judith Ravin, the US Consul General, Chennai. “Going a step further, this conclave demonstrates the potential for expanding these ties across a network of Indo-Pacific countries poised for increased multilateral collaboration in the vast field of space exploration.”
More than 80 experts are invited from 15 Indo-Pacific countries, including India, USA, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Korea, Germany, Malaysia, The Philippines, and Indonesia, among others.